Win the Pest Battle

Spring also gives a boost to garden pests. Here are a few simple controls that won't harm bees, beneficial insects or the environment.

For aphids, soft-bodied insects that cling to rose and citrus foliage, blast them with water to knock them off or (if you're not squeamish) squish them with your fingers.

For geranium bud worms and ugly tomato horn worms, spray with all-organic Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), bacteria that target only caterpillars without harming beneficial insects, people or pets.

For a mild infestation of fuzzy white mealy bugs, dab the pests with rubbing alcohol.

To combat common brown snails, release decollate snails that feast on them, not plants. Good sources can be found on line.


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