Pesticides are dangerous even when you use the organic varieties. The best way to control pesticides is to use natural methods such as adding certain plants to your garden. These plants will attract natural garden insects which will control pest and therefore let you eat healthy food without having to use any chemical pesticides.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) makes use of plants that attracts helping insects. These helping insects pray on other insects and pests that damage your garden. It’s like taking help from nature. To use this method to protect your garden from harmful pests, you will need to first identify between the ‘good’ pests and the ‘bad’ pests. The ‘good’ pests will not attack your plants but they will feed on ‘bad’ pests that can damage garden plants.
“The three ‘P’s’ of beneficial insects are pollinators, predators and parasites. Pollinators, such as honeybees, fertilize flowers, which increases the productivity of food crops ranging from apples to zucchini. Predators, such as lady beetles and soldier bugs, consume pest insects as food. Parasites use pests as nurseries for their young. On any given day, all three ‘P’s’ are feeding on pests or on flower pollen and nectar in a diversified garden. If you recognize these good bugs, it’s easier to appreciate their work and understand why it’s best not to use broad-spectrum herbicides.”
The use of such herbicides and pesticides can be detrimental to the complex relationships between plants, pests and predators — all the more reason why natural insect control works better. Because pesticides, even organic varieties, make no distinction between helpful and hurtful insects, in the end their regular use can have many negative impacts, including the suppression of the soil food web and pollution of waterways. Instead, encouraging the presence of predatory warriors that will defend and protect your garden plants from common pests is not only an environmentally sound management strategy, it also encourages biodiversity and plant pollination.
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