December 31, 2017

Here are a few good reasons to consider natural alternatives when you find yourself reaching for the bug spray:

1. NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO TOXIC PESTICIDES ENCOURAGE BEES AND BUTTERFLIES.

These insects pollinate flowers, which means more of them in the garden will result in more flowers, more colours, and more visual appeal! If bees and butterflies thrive, the human population will enjoy plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. That bodes well not only for survival, but long-term health as well.

2. NATURAL BUG SPRAYS WON’T HARM DECOMPOSERS THAT BREAK DOWN LEAF LITTER AND ORGANIC WASTE MATTER.

These decomposers—bacteria, beetles, earthworms, and fungi are all examples—fulfil an important job in any ecosystem and promote the good health of the soil. The nutrients from these broken down matter seep into the soil and are eventually utilised by plants. Fewer bugs translates to a less effective decomposition process and less healthy soil. Compost heaps, worm farms, and well-watered gardens can help offset this.

3. NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO INSECTICIDES WON’T REPEL THE BENEFICIAL BUGS THAT EAT THE PESKY ONES.

For example, dragonflies often eat mosquitoes. Using insect repellents with toxic chemicals can ward off even these helpful insects, which can lead to the proliferation of the nasty bugs. Other beneficial insects prey on cockroaches, mozzies, and house flies. Sadly, many homeowners use harmful insecticides to kill both beneficial bugs and pests.

4. NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO INSECTICIDES PROMOTE THE GROWTH OF INSECTS THAT HELP ATTRACT MORE WILDLIFE TO YOUR GARDEN.

Imagine having a garden that’s home to hummingbirds, lizards, snails, and other amazing wild animals! If you terminate spiders and insects, you can expect fewer mammals, reptiles, and birds to visit your front yard.

5. NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO CHEMICAL-LADEN BUG SPRAYS WON’T DETER LEARNING.

Children are stimulated to learn more from a garden teeming with insects than one without insects or wildlife. For instance, insects teach kids about life cycles, nature, sustainable living, and scientific methods. Avoiding the use of pesticides and insect repellents will keep your garden interesting and exciting for your kids!

Learn more at https://theconversation.com/five-reasons-not-to-spray-the-bugs-in-your-garden-this-summer-85673

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