So…one of the members of the organic farmers group posted about an onslaught of bugs eating his plants–he petitioned for help.
The suggestions made me smile at their ingenuity:
–one suggested using grass clippings for the bugs to munch on so they would leave the good plants alone.
–adopt a lizard.
–put up birdhouses in the surrounding area (great idea!)
–spray a mixture of honey/sugar and lard/oil over the ground near the plants to attract wasps, hornets, and ants that are predators.
–another suggestion was leaving rotting vegetation around (straw, hay, grass clippings, wood chips) so the bugs would eat that instead, and if all else fails with an infestation…get out the dustbuster. Haha.
Finally, a member commented that one of the “pests” –-a pill bug — ate heavy metals….so there you go–nature taking care of the bad stuff. Another mentioned that they are great soil builders, so you really want them around–you just need to provide something else, like the rotting vegetation, for them to munch on. They prefer it over the new plants.
Just thought I’d pass this along for anyone else wanting to get away from the toxic chemical solution–