Bugs - are they a benefit or a nuisance? It depends! Most people have the "spray and pray" approach when it comes to bugs, but Denise & Norma talk about why it's important to identify the bugs invading your home or garden BEFORE you take any action. Sometimes a blast of water will take care of aphids or spider mites, and hand picking tomato hornworms off your tomatoes is better than spraying a nasty chemical on your veggies. To learn more about IPM, Integrated Pest Management, view this helpful handout: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/files/2010/10/ipm.pdf.
Denise shares another helpful link to help you decide how to best use pesticides (http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/files/2010/10/pesticides.pdf). Or follow the Insects in the City blog at http://insectsinthecity.blogspot.com/.
Aired June 13, 2015.