Insects in the garden
Insects in a Spring Garden
Insects in a spring garden? Good! No need to bug zap them when Nature has the best bug zappers already!
When things start springing up in spring, instead of reaching for the chemicals to kill them off, be glad you have them! That's right, insects, no matter how small or how much of a nuisance, have a place in the spring garden.
So hold off pulling out the sprays! Just take a look at what your garden could have ~ and how you need them more than you think!
I hope you will get my point!
All pictures by me (Bev Lemley) ~ all rights reserved
A Likely Candidate ~ to be ZAPPED!
This little beetle could sure be zapped in a second with a quick spray in springtime, or insecticides dusted on the flowers.
But instead, the good news is, this little fellow can be a snack for a bigger guy.
Pretty neat, Huh?!
Even Bloodsuckers ~ Like this Mosquito...
...will be food for something...
Zap? Chemicals? Dust?
Or Nature's Way?
For tips on keeping mosquitoes away...visit Linking to the Future
Bluebirds love bugs, including mosquitos and "bad" worms! And they're not the only bug-loving birds!
So let the bluebirds and other pretty songbirds have a go at helping to keep your bugs in check...Hold the dust down this year, do yourself, the honeybees, and the birds a favor!
Protect the environment ~ put down the dust!
Nature's Aphid Eaters!
Ladybugs will work for free, essentially! All they ask is a few pests, such as aphids ~ why use chemicals that harm you and the environment! Enjoy one of nature's hardest little workers ~ cute, too!
Yes! Even Spiders!
...will keep the food chain going.
Don't see any chemicals on this fellow...
Ladybugs do a fine job of taking care of aphids! And they're cute, too!
Stinkbugs! Can hide in folds of leaves...
...and maybe escape the fallout..but the dust would surely find its way into its system...and make sure it was eradicated from your garden.
But then again, these stinkbugs, cute as they are, could make a meal for something...
A Hummingbird Moth ~ Wouldn't know the difference...
...between nectar from a poisoned plant and one that wasn't.
Personally, I like seeing these in my garden. I would hate to think I might "accidentally" kill one trying to get rid of a bad insect
A Jumping Spider ~ Can surely hold his ground...
...when disturbed. Really! Just try taking a pict of one ~ they will surely stand their ground!
But could they stand their ground to chemicals? Even if they could, their food source would quite possibly be eradicated, so they would have nothing to eat!
Meet a hard working Zapper! A Natural Friend!
This cute little toad frog is a big kisser ~ well, let's just say he likes to eat a LOT of bugs! And not only bugs, but slugs! So! when you see one of these, you might just want to plant a big one on him!
And just think, if there were chemicals all over the ground, he would have a hard time breathing, cough, cough, to find some food ~ that is, if he made it, himself! That is, if there were any food to be found!
Help is On the Way!
Praying Mantis will keep a lot of insects, including spiders, in check.
There never seem to be too many mantis ~ if you see two or three, feel blessed!
Fireflies ~ Or Lightning Bugs...
Fireflies look for little bugs as well as nectar. I suppose a bit of pesticide could easily take care of this guy, too. But there would be less food for a bigger guy...
... and no more fun chasing fireflies as they go dancing through the summer nights...
Spiders that match their flower is a bit unusual...
... but instead of worrying about finding matching shoes, they are doing their job 24/7 to help keep down the nuisance bugs. Really!
Don't forget the birds!
Birds play a huge part in nature's balance, too! There are insect eating birds that really do a great job of looking in cracks and crevices of trees, and under logs, and amongst the flower heads, looking for any and everything, just about! So I skimp a bit on bird food in the summer, making sure they will help with the work ~ but they do that pretty much on their own, anyway!
A Dragonfly will eat its weight in...
...MOSQUITOS! Yes, we love dragonflies!
Do you see the "skimmers" on this guy's legs? They fly through the air and literally pick mosquitos off. How's that for a natural balance?!
Grasshoppers! This is just a baby...
I think they're really cute! They're cute and a vital part of nature's food links ~ it is amazing the natural balance of insects.
The Big Question ~ What will happen if you just stop using insecticides and herbicides?
A Garden like this!
BONUS! Great photo ops!
Pictures can always be better ~ but if there are no insects and links to our future, there won't be any to take ~ nor food to eat!
The Big Guns ~ A Healthy Sign!
A praying mantis is one bug that gives an eeeEEKK factor for sure! No need for fear, as they will be careful and not bother you at all, but will keep things in the garden in check, and checked out. They are a best friend, for sure! A praying mantis case can be bought at local garden centers.
They will sit quietly unnoticed on plants and run if you get too near, or jump or fly, even. But they are the big guns and will do wonders for keeping all those wonderful little guys in check. And of course, the mantis are food for even bigger hunters ~ the birds! So...Nature's Way!
Got Fire Ants?
Here is a natural, no chemical remedy to RID your garden or yard of fire ants. Simply use an environmentally safe dishwashing detergent, squirting it in a gallon jug of water. Squirt the detergent over the hill, then quickly pour the soapy water all over, hoping to uncover the tunnel down to the queen. Then skeedaddle! You may have to repeat over the next five days on new hills ~ they will be very small. Then they should all be gone. There, no chemicals! No need to boil the water first.
Nature at Work - So Natural...
If aphids are a problem ~ and believe me, they are definitely a problem! Call in Nature's "Natural Guard" ~ Ladybugs!
Aphids are very small bugs that suck the juice out of your plants! I used to spray a very diluted soap solution, but didn't like that I might be hurting other bugs. The solution? A cup of ladybugs from a gardening center ~ I have pretty ladybugs, doing a tough job, never asking for anything except another aphid or other buggy to eat!
It's not true you will be overrun with ladybugs, either, because ~ you guessed it, the ladybugs are part of Nature's food chain ~ which is a link to our future!
Nectar! No Poison Zone!
Nature's gift to us!
We can surely stop using some of the chemicals ~ especially the dust stuff! That's the worst!
The dust pesticides have been linked to the lesser numbers of butterflies and honey bees ~ You Think?!
You've heard the saying, "What goes around comes around"!
Yes or No?! Can we?
Learn to trust that Nature Knows Best?!
Do you believe our future will be better if everyone uses less or NO chemicals?
What do you think? Are insects beneficial or not?
Insects play an important role in a healthy garden
I would love to know!
© 2012 Beverly Lemley