Friday, April 20, 2012

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Biological pest control, which is being used in Israel, is defined as the use of living organisms to reduce populations of noxious plant pests without the use of chemicals. Nature provides us with natural pest control - insects. It makes sense that most creatures have predators and it's surprising that humans have chosen to use chemicals, instead of other insects, to kill insect pests that are present in our gardens. For example, one common pest is the aphid. The aphid damages leaves and foliage causing it to turn black (mold). Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day. They are natural enemies of many insect pests including mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and various types of soft-bodied insects. It has been proven that a single ladybug may consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. 
Fill a 4"x1' long tube with sticks to attract more lady bugs in your yard. To learn more, click here.
To learn about the harmful effects of pesticides, click here. To watch an educational and entertaining video about biological pest control click here. Enjoy the video!
 
"Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher." - William Wordsworth

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