Using Natural Predators for Organic Gardens

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Hi, this is Steve for Expert Village and today we will be talking about natural predators to help take care of different pests in organic gardening. A lot of people don't like to spray anything on their plants, there are a lot of natural organic pesticides out there which are safe for the environment, and safe for people but like I said a lot of people do not like to spray things on plants, so you've got a lot of natural predators that you can use to take care of different pests on plants. One of the most common one is the ladybug, you'll use that to take care of aphids, different kinds of little microorganisms that are on the plant. Another one would be different predatory mites, spider mites, a big problem you have different mites that feed on those mites that are detrimental to plants. There are all sorts of different wasps that they use to help take care of caterpillars and worms. Praying mantis's is a very good natural predator, the list goes on and on, so the main thing is to find out which kind of pest you have and then match the predator to that pest that you need to control. There are several books out there that deal with natural insect and disease control on the market, like I said earlier, praying mantis, ladybugs, different wasps, the lace wing bug, those are some of the more common ones used in organic gardening.