Florida Yards &
FYN Principle #6 -
Control Yard Pests Responsibly
Did you know that only 1% of insects are considered pests on plants; the other
99% are either beneficial or harmless! For this reason, you should employ the
principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM):
First identify the insect or problem (Charlotte
County Master Gardeners can help you with this).
Then address the problem with the “safest and
most effective” solutions available.
Pesticides should be the last option.
More Responsible Pest Management Tips
DO NOT indiscriminately treat for pests. Identify
the specific pests and only treat the affected plant. For small infestations,
simply remove the affected parts of the plant or the pests.
Don’t kill it unless you know what it is.
“When we kill off the natural enemies of a pest,
we inherit their work.” -Carl Huffaker
Ladybugs, lacewings, praying mantises, assassin
bugs, spiders and parasitic wasps are all beneficial insects that prey upon
pests such as aphids and mealybugs.
Use environmentally friendly products and methods
such as horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis),
removal of the affected plant part and introduction of beneficial insects.