February 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #33: Pest Control Without Chemicals

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Wouldn't it be nice to keep pests away from your plants and flowers outside without using pesticides that contaminate the ground? There are natural options to consider. Natural controls: Natural predators such as birds, toads and frogs dine on insects. Purple Martins love insects, as do bats. You can install a Purple Martin house near your gardens to welcome these helpers. Bugs including ladybugs, spiders, dragonflies, centipedes and ground beetles will feed on many of the garden pests. By Hand: Handpick or use a spade or hoe to pick and cut up weeds. Use natural mulch to help eliminate the growth of weeds. You can also pick pests from your plants or use a swatter. Set traps to control rodents and large bugs. These suggestions help you raise a natural garden eliminating the need for fertilizers and pesticides.

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