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Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Wasps at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller and Pollinator Danger to Humans: 4/5 – They can sting when provoked Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro The wasp is likely an under appreciated garden helper. They are one of a few insects that duel… Continue reading Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

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Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

Leafhoppers at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Browning & curling of leaf edges Favourite Plant Tomatoes & Potatoes Control Biological (predators: spiders & mantids) Quick Intro These jumping insects are common in the garden, especially around the Acacia trees in our garden. Not only do they attack plants, but they lower the… Continue reading Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

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Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

The Wildlife Garden - How to attract beneficial insects to your garden Integrative Pest Management (IPM) is the use of multiple pest preventative measures, such as diverse crop planting, crop rotation, green manures and responsible pesticide use. Enlisting the help of beneficial insects is also used to control pest populations and improve crop production.   Insectaries… Continue reading Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

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Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

  Pests are considered resistant to a certain chemical compound (natural or synthetic compounds) when it is no longer killed or adversely affected by the chemical. Most pesticides target biological systems in order to control pest populations – “control” meaning: to reduce pest populations to levels that do not cause great plant - or economical… Continue reading Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

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Garden Helpers: Little creatures, big helpers

Little creatures that help in a big way The major helpers in the garden all reside within the soil community. The hardest and most efficient workers are the smallest; bacteria and fungi, which decompose organic material. The larger helpers are the toads, lizards and birds that catch and eat other pests, although, birds might eat… Continue reading Garden Helpers: Little creatures, big helpers

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Praying Mantis: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Mantids at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller! Danger to Humans: 0/5 - None Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro Mantids are usually large, robust insects with mobile heads and large eyes. Mantids are visual predators that ambush prey with serrated forelimbs. I will… Continue reading Praying Mantis: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

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Mediterranean Fruit Fly – Pest of the Month

Fruit Fly at a glance Type of Damage Chewing & secondary bacterial rot Plant Symptoms Misshaped fruits, up to 100% crop loss! Favourite Plant Several fruiting trees, vines & shrubs Occurrence Year-round in areas with mild winters (SA) Distribution Worldwide Control Difficult, chemical lures main control method, else avoid planning susceptible crops during fruit fly… Continue reading Mediterranean Fruit Fly – Pest of the Month