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Let Nature Help with Garden Pests

Aug 11, 2008
One of the worst aspects for gardeners, especially professional gardeners is that there is the constant worry and stress that comes along with garden pests, which tend to eat up all of your hard work and long hours. Although there are various chemical solutions that are available, that will probably almost immediately eliminate most pests. There are certain downfalls to this segment as this will affect the environment and also have adverse effects on your plants.

There is a quick win natural solution for all of these pests and it comes in the form of animals. Yes that's right you can use animals to your advantage. These animals will naturally look after your garden and eliminate most of the annoying pests by eating them. We will now take a look at just a few that can help you out:

Firstly we have the friendly frogs and toads, frogs are not at all harmful and can help by eating small pests and slugs. You can further attract these animals to your garden by installing yourself a small pond or water fountain as frogs are attracted to moist and damp areas.

Secondly we have lady bugs and beetles although these may sound like a pest themselves; I can assure you they are far from that. Ladybugs feed on a pest called aphids. Aphids which are also known as plant lice can attack your plant stems in the hundreds, causing them to wither and die. Your next solution are the beetles, they usually sleep through the day and come out at night; these beetles feed on a lot of the garden pests including slugs, snails and lava.

Finally I can not forget to mention birds. They are the number one natural pest control animals; they eat all types of pests such as caterpillars, aphids and slugs. A great and easy way to attract birds to your garden is to grab yourself a birds feeding home, where they will come back on a daily basis to eat.

So all in all there are many techniques that can be used to help get rid of pests, there is no need to resolve to harmful chemicals as soon as an outburst starts. You should strategically plan your natural solution and then if that fails you could initially turn to natural pesticides and if that also fails to succeed your last option, which would be the use of the chemicals.
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