Gardening can be tough for organic gardeners. Especially on those days when you walk out to enjoy your garden, only to see your beautiful roses or hibiscus flowers covered with disgusting and ravenous Japanese beetles. Sometimes it can be tempting to run to the store and buy a big bottle of a chemical pesticide, and wipe those nasty pests off the face of the planet. (deep breath)
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But, in the long run, chemical pesticides do more harm than good in the war against bad bugs. So, in our constant quest to keep the bad bug population down to a manageable number, it’s good to know that we can turn to beneficial predators rather than chemical pesticides, and beneficial nematodes are one of the good guys.
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The other night, I sprayed 7 million beneficial nematodes around my yard – it was very satisfying. This is the third time I’ve sprayed beneficial nematodes in my yard, and I’ve noticed a significant decrease in the amount of flea beetles in my gardens. The Japanese beetle population seemed smaller last year too. But you can’t get rid of Japanese beetles just by spraying your yard alone, since they can fly and lay eggs in all the neighbors yards. Every little bit helps though, so I will continue to do this every year.
How about you. Do you use any beneficial insects to wage war on the bad bugs in your garden? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.