Balancing the Bugs
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Identifying insects and arachnids can be entertaining, especially when you discover you have something rare or highly beneficial living in your landscape. Take photos and visit one of several Web sites specializing in insect identification to figure out what you have. My favorites include “What’s That Bug?” at www.WhatsThatBug.com, Master Gardeners at Ohio State Extension (www.HCS.Ohio-State.edu/mg/manual/ent.htm), the CSU/Denver County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener at www.CoopExt.ColoState.edu/4dmg/Pests/pests.htm#Insects, and Wikipedia searches for specific insects at en.Wikipedia.org.
Keeping chemical pesticide use to a minimum and providing food and habitat for a host of beneficial insects – regardless of what they look like – can be key to maintaining a pest-free, if not creepy-crawly-free, garden.
When she isn’t writing or taking photographs, Ohio State University Master Gardener Toni Leland tends her acre-and-a-half kingdom in southeast Ohio. Toni writes regular articles for DavesGarden.com, edits and publishes books and video workshops about horses, and is the author of four novels.
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