Garden Good Guys to the Rescue

My copy of Good Bug Bad Bug has seen a lot of use in the garden.

good-bug-bad-bug-blogHave you ever wished you could tell the difference between insect heroes and insect villains in your garden?

There aren’t many gardeners I know that haven’t wanted a little extra help in identifying what’s nibbling on the roses or who’s causing damage to the broccoli. That’s why Jessica Walliser wrote her nifty field guide called “Good Bug Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What they do, and How to Manage them Organically.”

This book is especially helpful now that we’re seeing more than the usual suspects in the garden. Invasive insect species are spreading from their normal habitats and moving across the country so gardeners may not be familiar with some of these new pests.

Jessica’s book includes color pictures, on water-proof pages, that make it easy to take the guide into the garden for a better observation. Each insect labeled as a pest has a complete description, information on how to spot the damage and the plants they attack.

In addition, live biological controls (like lacewings, ladybugs, parasitic wasps, etc.), preventive actions and organic product controls spell out how a gardener can take on the insect. Photos show the insect and the damage it causes.

There’s also a section on the 14 heroes or beneficial insects and how to attract them to the garden and how to keep them there.

I found the Organic Product Information in Appendix A to be especially helpful. Besides the complete list of organic products, Jessica includes their descriptions, how to use them and where to find them.

This is a great little guide and it really does tell you all you need to know about the insects in your garden.

Please let me know about other insect pest resources you’ve found to be helpful and I’ll include them, too.


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