Beneficial Bugs For The Garden

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As our society continues to learn about the delicate nature of our planet, many people who had never considered themselves to be green-thumbed have decided to pursue gardening as their contribution to conservation and sustainability. People who never owned a rake or a shovel before are now growing their very own vegetables, herbs, and other edibles, as well as enjoying the beauty of well-tended flowerbeds and landscapes.

Though it has only been a generation or two ago that gardeners relied heavily on the use of pesticides to ensure that their gardens were free of pests, the focus is now on the reality that those practices are far more toxic to people and to the earth than the pests themselves. Natural pest control methods existed for centuries before chemicals were conceived of, and the return to those strategies is taking hold as more and more people educate themselves about the ways of nature and how easy it can be to make use of what we already have—naturally, safely, and effectively.

Beneficial Insects: Natural Pest Control for Your Garden

The basic premise of natural pest control in your yard and garden is this: For every pest that would ruin your garden, there is another insect whose purpose is to eliminate that pest. Simply making use of this life cycle keeps unwanted and destructive insects from destroying your garden—the good insects simply take care of the problem insects for you. With the call to environmentally-friendly living, seasoned gardeners and newcomers alike are discovering that natural pest control methods are among the most simple and inexpensive changes to adopt.

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Daniel Mackie

Daniel Mackie, owner of GreenLeaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.