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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hired guns for the garden


Hired guns
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
I was excited to read this newspaper article in the Valdosta Daily Times talking about beneficial bugs for the garden. It states that if you can't raise your own beneficial bugs,you rent some until the pests crisis is over.

Here in South Georgia, especially, we have all sorts of bugs since many seem to thrive in this hot and humid climate. In spite of all the rain we've been having, I'm glad to see not as many mosquitoes this year like I had feared. What I do notice, however, is a large dragonfly population, dancing and looking quite content with life.

This newspaper article, written by Dean Fosdick, states that "many bug species are hired guns, available from mail-order suppliers or nurseries for combating short, but fierce, pest outbreaks on chemical-free properties." I'm happy to read about an overall concern for chemicals and overly used pesticides. I think it would serve us well to think twice when reaching for the insecticide by trying to find alternative ways to keep bug free.

I'm especially glad to see this article because it indicates that people are aware and concerned about the overuse of chemicals and that we all need to cut back in order to keep our environment healthy, which will undoubtedly benefit our disappearing hone bees as well.

10 comments:

the booker man said...

two thumbs up! i couldn't agree more.

gin said...

So, I guess bugs are our friends? That'll work. Except I don't know if I want to befriend a spider. haha

Ginny said...

When I saw your title on my sidebar, I had to look twice! What the...? I wondered if you were shooting plants or something! Dragonflies are great at eating mosquitos and such! Ladybugs are good too. Although they are so tiny, I can't imagine what they would eat.

Karin said...

If we left the environment alone I tend to think that there would be enough predators to take care of pests. It seemed to me that where I grew up in Manitoba in the 50s, if the mosquitoes were plentiful one summer, the dragonfly population would explode naturally. We, as people, have upset God's intended balance!! I'm glad that these big guns are now for hire, lol!

Loved your post about the chili too! 1/4 cup is certainly not too much for a pot of chili - bet it nicely tones down some of the heat. Thanks!!

Your crochet creations are adorable!

sprinkles said...

I don't mind bugs outside but once they come into my house uninvited, I don't think twice about killing them.

*Ulrike* said...

I love those dragonflies, and we have had such an abundance of them this year! Also bats which I am happy to see since I read that they could eat a ton!

AkasaWolfSong said...

I am soooooo happy to see you posting this Doris!

We need to quit using pesticides and chemicals on Mother Earth as they seep into our water systems and eventually sicken and kill all of life, including us!

I never ever use chemicals where I live to get rid of anything. If I can't pull it out it stays and I work around it, and as for bugs I just let nature take its course...my yard is full of busy bumbles doing their job as well as dragonflies, etc....I just wish I could convince my neighbor that his use of chemicals will end up killing him!

Great Post Beloved Doris!

Sending Hugs to You and Giz!
xoxoxo

becky said...

Doris,
Hi! I've seen you around on other blogs... and I just wanted to drop by & say hello! I love what you wrote on
Annie's blog about being thankful for eyes to see... many people don't think to be thankful for that... but it is one of the many things I am thankful for, too. There is sooooo much beauty in the world, and we are so fortunate to be able to see it!
Great post, by the way... & love your crochet cactus creations!
:)

K9friend said...

We've seen a lot more dragonflies than usual, too. Interesting...

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Hi Doris, I had to change my blog addy and I am slowly finding all my favorite blogs and asking if you would come over and re-sign to follow. I am so glad I found you as I cannot remember the actual addresses of some to get to you. I enjoyed your blog about the bugs, how right.
QMM