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Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control Paperback – December 31, 2013
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Early in her career as a gardener for hire, Walliser had an epiphany while watching the David Attenborough documentary Life in the Undergrowth. The sight of two hermaphroditic leopard slugs making love sparked both a fascination for insects and a reconsideration of the need for pesticides in her work. Her newfound passion for entomological research resulted in her acclaimed guide to garden insects, Good Bug Bad Bug (2011), and now this fact-filled handbook on natural pest-control methods. To encourage the good bugs “in hopes of mitigating the pesty ones,” Walliser offers invaluable advice on how to identify such “beneficials” as ladybugs, ground beetles, and parasitoid wasps, as well as how to select a diversity of bug-attracting plants to promote a healthy balance between insect predator and prey. Alphabetical bug and plant profiles are included for easy reference. While the subject matter and close-up photographs of insects eating insects may make some readers squirm, dedicated gardeners will discover enough solid information and genuine motivation to finally put down their bug spray. --Carl Hays
“An aid for teachers as well as gardeners, who want to know more about the insects in their world.” —The Indianapolis Star
“With [Jessica Walliser’s] help, you can learn how to control pests through your gardening practices rather than your choice of insecticide.” —Gardening How-To
“A detailed, wholistic, and wonderfully illustrated guide to the lifestyles of all the insects that inhabit the organic garden as well as creating the conditions needed to encourage those you want in the fight against those you don’t.” —Planet Natural
“A delight! Easy to read and entertaining, yet packed with information not only on the beneficial insects themselves, but on the plants that can attract and support them, and on how to incorporate them into your garden. Highly recommended!” —It’s Not Work, It’s Gardening
“Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden by Jessica Walliser, is a fresh look at an unavoidable part of the gardening experience. . . . a must-have tool for new and experienced gardeners alike.” —Free Press
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