Soft Pest Control Newsletter
SOFT PEST CONTROL
Getting rid of all the bugs, beetles and other critters on the farm or in gardens or landscape is impossible. It’s also a bad idea. Why? Because most of these living organisms are beneficial. If anything we want to encourage more life and more biodiversity.
Insects usually do a great job of controlling themselves if we don’t foul up the balance by spraying toxic pesticides, using harsh salt fertilizers or watering too much or too little. Even the insects we would classify as harmful, such as aphids, are helpful in their own way. They attack plants that are in stress from problems of the soil or from unusual climate or from poor plant selection or from other big influences. In doing so, they help to eliminate unfit plants or to address the basic problem that caused the stress that invited the pests.
Diseases are even easier to control. They are simply microorganisms that are out of balance. Reestablishing the balance is the key to control. Toxic chemical pesticides not only don’t do that, they make the situation worse by killing the beneficial microorganisms more efficiently than killing the pathogens. It’s actually possible that there are no pathogens. The terms germs, bacteria and fungus conjure up negative thoughts. They are only negative when out of balance. When in balance with all the other microbes and doing their jobs, they are beneficial.
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