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Good Bugs To The Rescue!

Hello there, my flower freaks. How’s everyone doing? Y’all surviving our lovely hot and humid summer?

I thought we’d play a game of “Name Those Bugs” today. Here we have a hibiscus bud that’s loaded with all kinds of good and bad bugs. Which is pretty cool cause it shows that if we leave the bad bugs alone, the good bugs will come and do their thing of eating the bad bugs. No muss, no fuss, no spraying of chemicals. It’s a win all the way around.

bugs on hibiscus bud

So. Who can tell me what kind of bugs are shown?

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

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Good bugs

Identification is job #1 before spraying for bugs or diseases in our gardens. I’m a huge believer in Integrated Pest Management, which means letting the good bugs come into our garden to do their job of getting rid of the bad bugs. Here’s a good article about mealybug destroyers (good bugs): “Don’t Spray Me, I’m Not A Mealybug.”

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

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Good Bugs

All these types of good bugs live here in NOLA. They eat the bad bugs, i.e., aphids, mites, scale, etc., that we dread seeing in our gardens. Unfortunately, the majority of pesticides kill the good bugs along with the bad bugs. So the best thing to do when bad bugs invade is take a deep breath, don’t reach for the chemicals, and give the good bugs a chance to come into your garden and do their job killing the bad bugs. Trust me … the good bugs will do their job.

10 Most Beneficial Garden Insects

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs