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Managing Yard Insect Pests

It’s inevitable that you’ll find insect pests in the landscape—it’s what you do about them that counts. Check plants often for signs of insect damage; early detection makes pest management much easier. If you see a few, remove them by hand. A little insect damage isn’t the end of the world. Before turning to pesticides, figure out how much damage you can live with, and remember that insects serve as food for birds and other wildlife. Start with horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps, which can be more environmentally friendly than stronger chemicals. Spot-treat affected areas instead of broadcast spraying. Apply these treatments only if and when they’re needed, and always follow label instructions.


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