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Rotating Pest Management Strategies

In the health care world, infectious bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics. And in the garden, the same is true for insect pests and pesticides.

If you experience ongoing problems with the same pest, don't use the same pesticide repeatedly. Instead, look for a product that can target the pest using an active ingredient from a different chemical family.

And as a responsible gardener, you should try using a variety of pest management strategies. Start with mechanical methods like removing insects by hand or blasting them off the plant with a hose. Use pesticides only when pest levels reach the tipping point.

By using integrated pest management strategies, you can help protect the environment and still maintain the upper hand with pests.

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