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Good Bug Bad Bug: Who's Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically (All You Need to Know about the Insects in Your Garden) Spiral-bound – June 1, 2008
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The book is spiral bound and very pretty. However, this book lacks significant details that one needs. Most of the pictures of the bugs are from the side and often not even zoomed in enough that you can easily make out the bug. There are many bad bugs that look very much like good bugs. This book does not explain any of the physical differences between these look a likes. In fact the book does not even mention the look a likes. The advice from the book is to sit and watch the bug and see what it does to decide if it is good or bad for your garden.
What pictures are provided often only show the mature bug. In some instances, it also shows the larval stages, but not usually. To turely provide a vauable identification guide, pictures from the side and top should be provided.
The book offers suggestions about what to do if you find the bugs. Most of the time, the suggestion is neem or pyrethrins. I do want to give a huge kudo for pointing out that ducks and geese offer great "biological control" with slugs. Chickens, turkeys, and guineas also offer wonderful biological controls for many bugs.
Overall I was disappointed in the book. I believe that Edward Smith's "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible" offers better descriptions and pictures (though they are drawings). My oldest son also has several general bug books that are much better in their detail and descriptions.
A straightforward book about pests and beneficial insects for gardeners. I have looked for a book like this for twenty years!
GOOD BUG, BAD BUG has great pictures and brilliant information about each pest, including what their damage looks like, what plants they attack, how to prevent attacks, and how to control attacks organically. Better yet, it has an equally awesome section for beneficial insects, with pictures, detailed information, and tips on how to attract them and keep them in your garden.
With a great introduction and a very useful glossary, and spiral bound to last a long time, this book just plain ROCKS.
The eco-answer has arrived with Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser. Printed on water-proofed, laminated pages and wire-bound, Good Bug, Bad Bug is written in easy to understand language. You can quickly identify invasive and beneficial insects. Walliser provides expert organic advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys without toxic chemicals.
From container gardens to acre-sized plots, Good Bug, Bad Bug is the perfect reference guide for every grower. Thanks to climate change, pests are invading regions they aren't native to. That means more destruction and increased confusion. Walliser's approach is simple and green: get rid of the bad ones and encourage the good ones to stick around. Color pictures, an informative introduction, glossary, and product directory round of the books' awesome qualities.
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For an avid gardener, especially one trying to handle pests organically, I think you will need more resources. This is a start.Published 13 months ago by Valley Road Farm
i don't know, what do I know about "bug books." It's layout is remarkable, I guess. Meaning, that using it as a resource and identifying bugs, the way it's laid out, make... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JimS
Simple and easy to read and understand. This book is nicely organized, well constructed and can be taken right into the garden to identify that ugly little bug that has been... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Bevy
First off, the photography in Good Bug Bad Bug is some of the best I've ever seen. I like being able to take this book out into the garden to figure out if a insect is beneficial... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Organic Man
This book is the go-to-in-a-pinch explanation for friends with gardening questions. The pictures and descriptions are simple for the gardener who needs to solve a problem while... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Red
This is only an ok book. The bugs in the photos could have been larger and better quality and I would like it to include more bugs.Published on June 3, 2011 by jk