Every garden has it's insects - some are friends and some are pests.
Garden pests can be controlled with predator insects, plants, or a combination of both.
Try to correctly identify an insect before taking action to remove it - it might be a friend.
Mandurah Community Gardens does not use any harmful insecticides or herbicides to keep our garden food safe and healthy.
Some insects can help keep the garden under control in a healthy way by helping us avoid the need to use toxic chemicals. Attracting the right insects helps to keep the garden's ecosystem in a natural balance.
There are Australian websites that are great resources for information and some can even supply beneficial insects. Here are a few to visit:
- Good Bugs - http://www.goodbugs.org.au/www.goodbugs.org.au/
- Bugs For Bugs - https://bugsforbugs.com.au/
- Biological Services - https://www.biologicalservices.com.au/
Predators Wanted - This is a short story with video from the ABC's Gardening Australia program about insect control.
BENEFICIAL GARDEN ORGANISMS - blog article from the Dept. of Industries & Regional Development WA (agric.wa.gov.au)
HOW TO IDENTIFY GOOD BUGS IN MY GARDEN: 7 BENEFICIAL INSECTS THAT HELP PLANTS - article on the flowerpower website
TIPS FOR ESTABLISHING A LADYBIRD POPULATION - from the Bugs For Bugs website
GO AU NATURALE ON YOUR GARDEN PESTS - this Examiner News website article explores the biological alternatives to chemicals in the garden.
More to come soon!