newbee pest control help

Glo407November 7, 2013

Neighbors and I are starting a joint vegetable & flower garden in early spring 2014 and have pest control questions. 1) Which is best to use for insect pest control - Neem oil or lady bugs? (2) When are either one added to your garden - at the beginning of plant growth or when you see a problem developing?

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zzackey(8b GA)

Ladybugs will fly away. i never used Neem. I've read that it is good. I do IPM. I try to check my plants daily and hand squish any bugs I see. Gloves would be good to use for stink bugs. They are sharp for me to touch. I try to carry my pruning shears to cut caterpillars in half. I know it sounds gross, but after seeing the damage they can do to your plants, you might understand.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 5:11PM
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Dear Zackey - what's IPM? Does that signify the procedure you are describing? Thank you for responding to our post.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 4:15PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Sorry I didn't tell you before. Integrated Pest Management. You start with hand picking and organic sprays,traps, BT for caterpillars,(trying to attract beneficial insects with the proper plants-that's my idea. I don't know if the Univ. of Florida mentions that in their IPM program). If they get really out of control you use chemicals. I don't use chemicals on my food crops. It destroys the reason I grow my own food. If I want to eat chemicals I can just buy produce at the store.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 4:23PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

There is an IPM forum on Gardenweb.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 6:25PM
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