Controlling Creepy Crawlies

Instead of using hazardous pesticides in your garden, opt for insect management that involves the three Ps:

  • Predators: Beneficial insects that eat pests
  • Parasites: Beneficial insects that lay eggs on pests (the eggs hatch and destroy the pests)
  • Pathogens: Diseases that kill the pests but not your plants ctABE*

The strategy you choose depends on the particulars of the situation. Work with local IPM practitioners until you get a feel for how the system works. Look for a pest control company that uses the terms "IPM" or "organic" in their advertising, and insist on nontoxic approaches.

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