Kill every bug in sight and you’ll leave the door open for millions of bad bugs, which now have no natural enemies and will multiply rapidly. These “bad” bugs can cause direct damage (cutworms munching on your lettuce or termites munching on your house, for instance), or they can be bothersome (as with aphids’ “honeydew” dripping on your car). A wide diversity of plants is a key step toward safe, natural insect control.
Maybe there are little bugs on the leaves of your roses, but do you really know if they’re vital to the plant’s health? Perhaps they help the plant grow. Maybe they attract hungry birds, maybe they’re just lunching on some evil insects, or maybe they’re spreading pollen around. Know, before you kill!
These beneficial insects work cheap, and birds love to have them around. One of my favorites is beneficial nematodes. They’re microscopic worms that live out-of-sight in the soil and attack soil-borne pests such as fleas, grubs, cutworms, ants, and termites. That includes fire ants! Almost all soils have a few already (unless you use a lot of pesticides), but you can also buy them in many stores. Lots of people keep dog areas flea-free with them.
Give beneficial insects a try. One thing's certain; if you don't have bugs around, birds will quickly go elsewhere. Bugs were doing their job safely and efficiently long before any chemical companies opened for business. They’re a lot cheaper and far more effective than indiscriminate, artificial pesticides which can harm anything that dares to visit your yard, including kids, pets, butterflies and birds.