- Spiral-bound: 104 pages
- Publisher: St. Lynn's Press; Second Edition, New edition, updated edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981961592
- ISBN-13: 978-0981961590
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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) Second Edition, New edition, updated Edition
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Got a new book last week called “Good Bug, Bad Bug,” by Jessica Walliser. It has pictures which are fabulous when identifying bugs. Descriptions alone just don’t cut it. Walliser describes 27 pests and 14 beneficials as well as having a glossary and a source directory. “Source directory,” you ask? Yes, because the best part of this little show-and-tell book is every pest has a picture, a description of their life cycle, what plants they like, which beneficials like to eat them (otherwise known as biological controls) and preventative actions that can be taken (or bought). Hence, the source directory. Ms. Walliser is the co-author of “Grow Organic” and her preventative actions range from cut the leaf or damaged part off to using non-caustic botanical oils and neem on the affected plants.
Using this book helped me identify some pests as well as some beneficials in my own garden. Walliser is very complimentary to ladybugs as they consume most of the larvae of pests before they get to be adult problems. My ladybugs will be making their mail order appearance sometime this week. (Backyard Gardeniing Editor The Ponca City News)
"An entomological tour de force. Congratulations, Jessica Walliser, on your solid treatment of the insect denizens of the garden." Dr. Paul Reed Hepperly, Research and Training Manager, The Rodale Institute
"This exciting new field guide – from one of organic gardening's most exciting young pioneers – is practical, timely and innovative, all in one." Paul Tukey, HGTV co-host and publisher of People, Places and Plants magazine; author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual
"Consider this book an important gardening tool. Whatever you do, don't leave it on the shelf!" Jeff Lowenfels, author of Teaming with Microbes: a Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
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The best book we have ever seen about insects in the garden. Learn to recognize the good bugs from the bad ones, how to prevent attacks, what plants they damage, organic products that control each insect and more. Very easy to use; spiral-bound and full color photos of each insect make this the funnest guide to garden insects ever! We found ourselves using this multiple times over the summer, as it is so easy to find what to use for each problem.
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I do like the information provided on how to encourage each beneficial, but many of them could have been treated in a table. What is the use of a photo when the insect is rarely even seen because of its size? Maybe a few more pests could have been included to replace these meaningless pictures.