To Spray or Not to Spray

BEFORE YOU WHIP OUT THAT PESTICIDE ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS FIRST!

What kind of bug is it? Is it harmful to the plant or not?

If the insect is considered a pest, does it warrant spraying? Is there an infestation on the plant or just one isolated bug? Is it actually doing damage or just hanging out?

 

Are there birds, beneficial insects or spiders in the immediate vicinity that might either

  1. a) take care of the pest problem themselves or
  2. b) be harmed as a result of spraying a pesticide?

 

If a pest infestation is present, is there an under lying reason why? Check soil, moisture and lightconditions. Pests will usually attack an already weak plant.

 

Learn to tolerate a few bad bugs. If it weren’t for them, many birds, spiders and beneficial insects wouldn’t have anything to eat. If you do decide to apply a pesticide, always start with the least toxic, and apply it in the early evening after honeybees have left the area. Always follow label instructions. This applies to fungicides and herbicides as well.