Pollinators, Predators and Pests

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Pollinators, Predators and Pests

The vast majority of the insects we see every day are beneficial or benign. I hope this group will provide a forum to discuss the insect world and all the wonderful and occasionally devastating ways the bugs interact with our gardens.

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening

Started by Ian Morton Oct 21, 2012.

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Comment by marjolijn vos on October 17, 2009 at 10:20am
Hi Anne - Marie, the wormlike creatures are flatworms and they are predatory
worms. I've read they eat other worms and are nasty little buggers. I pick mine
out and chuck them on the lawn for the birds. They give me the creeps actually! I've been finding a lot more of them this year unfortunately.
Comment by Katherine Lucas on September 28, 2009 at 8:49pm
Hi Terri, I get a fly deterrent containing sassafras and other oils which is made by BettaCrop Organics. I use it for fly strike on my sheep, it kills the maggots, heals the skin and is a deterrant. However, I've just looked on their website & can't find it. I did find this Question and Answer bit though...
Animal Health Care Questions
Q: Hi, I would like to get some diotomaceous earth for use in my chicken coop, would it be suitable?
A: The diotomaceous earth that we stock is similar to the filter grade they use at pool complex’s and is not suitable for human or animal consumption. However, it will be fine to use around you’re chicken coop. You could also use our garlic and pyrethrum, as that will do a great job of ridding any annoying pests as well.
Regards Katherine
Comment by terri shaw on September 28, 2009 at 5:11pm
has anyone ideas for keeping flies away from chooks and my house? Something I can plant to deter them. Apart from getting rid of the chooks. :)
Comment by Isabell Strange on September 28, 2009 at 9:52am
Hi I have just been reading Geoffry Griggs Blog on companion planting.There is a huge amount of excellent information on insects: Which are beneficial and how they help, plants to attract beneficial ones, plants to repel pests and a range of natural sprays to make up specific to each pest. I will ask him to post a link here
Comment by Crystal's Garden on August 26, 2009 at 4:50pm
I am currently having issues with my Zucchini squash. Yes the dreaded white grub is enjoying burrowing inside of my plant. I have heard you can use beneficial nematodes in gardens. Has anyone here used them before? I'd love some feedback.
Comment by Katharine on August 17, 2009 at 2:48am
Hi Ned, I had a look at your list, thanks for sharing it. I garden organically and do no pest control at all except for crop rotation and providing suitable habitat, food and water for my beneficial bugs. It seems to work out pretty well most of the time.
Comment by Ned on August 13, 2009 at 12:09pm
HI I just compiled a list of some complimentary crops and insects headed "resource" have a look and comment. These are purely intelectual material wth no actual experience of these working in the field but i realise the power of good reference information.Would be good to get your feedback. Ned
Comment by Daniel Andrews on August 1, 2009 at 12:12pm
thanks katherine i will try and take some pictures of them they are really quite beautifull to look at they have a metalic aquamarine shine to their shells quite mesmerising to look at. I have Kale that is infested with bugs at the moment i think they are aphids which are over wintering i would love to know how to get rid of them, the plants look healthy though i have a tendancy to sit back and watch and let nature sort itself out, and let things get into balance again.
Comment by Katharine on July 31, 2009 at 9:47pm
Hi Daniel. I think that they ladybirds you are describing are friends and not foes. There are a few leaf eating species of aphid but the only ones I am aware of are the 26 spot and 28 spot ones. I'm based in Australia though so things could be different in New Zealand. If your ladybirds were plant eaters you would probably see some leaf damage. Even if there is leaf damage it may not be the ladybirds that are causing it, they may have just moved in to dine on the pest that is. Most ladybirds eat aphids, scale or mealybugs so there is a good chance the lady birds are doing some natural pest control for you. If you want to be sure you could observe the ladybirds for a while and try to see what it is they are eating.
Happy gardening!
Comment by Daniel Andrews on July 31, 2009 at 8:54pm
i recently saw some of what i can only describe as mother of pearl ladybirds, are these friends or foe, does anyone know about them? they were on a lemonade citrus bush, which appeared healthy enough.
 

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