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Spring Insects Emerging

April 26th, 2012

Spring Insects Emerging

It's that time of year when those pesky garden insects start to emerge from their overwintering hideouts. The most common garden pests tend to be aphids, mites, scales and caterpillars which can easily be controlled if they are detected early. Its time to get out there and inspect young plants and new shoots for any insects and/or damage. Populations can be controlled organically with the use of beneficial insects and selective sprays like Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT).  In most cases these insects will cause little damage in small numbers. Often a strong stream of water every few days is all you need to rid plants of aphids and mites. No need to use harsh chemicals if it is not warranted! 

Bacillus Thuringiensis or BT is a soil-dwelling bacterium, commonly used as a biological pesticide to control caterpillars and leaf chewing worms like the oakworm.

Happy Gardening!