Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden

A Natural Approach to Pest Control

Book - 2014
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Winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award

Insects are indeed valuable garden companions, especially the assassin bugs, damsel bugs, stink bugs, and other predatory carnivores that eat the insects that dine on your garden. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden is a book about bugs and plants, and how to create a garden that benefits from both. In addition to information on companion planting and commercial options for purchasing bugs, there are 19 detailed bug profiles and 39 plant profiles. These profiles include a description, a photograph for identification, an explanation of what they can do to support pest control. Design plans show how to create a border specifically for the natural, sustainable inclusion of beneficial bugs in your garden. 

This complete, hands-on guide is for anyone looking for a new, natural, and sustainable way to control pests.

Baker & Taylor
Profiles nineteen bugs which are helpful to gardeners, with descriptions, illustrations, and a list of their benefits, along with planting and zone details about thirty-nine plants which can be used to attract them.

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Author Jessica Walliser provides a comprehensive and innovative guide to natural pest control for the garden that aims to eliminate the need for dangerous pesticides while emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between plants and insects, upending the notion that all insects are pests. Chapters cover a detailed list of beneficial bugs and the plants that attract and sustain them, how to create plant partnerships to aid in battling pests, an overview of the commercial options available, and helpful instruction on how to utilize and organize the plants described including specific designs for home and city gardens, suburban lots, and market farms, with special attention to the importance of a well-designed insectary border that caters specifically to the needs of beneficial bugs. Of note is the inclusion of interviews with entomologists across the United States, an abundance of large, colorful photographs, and a resource list of suppliers of beneficial insects and related products. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2014
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781604693881
Branch Call Number: 628.96 Wal
Characteristics: 240 p. : col. ill


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Jul 28, 2016

Excellent overview of beneficial garden insects: the varieties, functionality over different growth stages, native plant attraction, life cycles, and recommended setup of insectory borders. Large index of native plants, most with climate zone ranges. Good macro pictures of subject insects engaged in various activities. Enjoyed reading!

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