Good Bug Bad Bug: Who's Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically (All You Need to Know about the Insects in Your Garden)
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Good Bug Bad Bug: Who's Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically (All You Need to Know about the Insects in Your Garden)

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Good Bug Bad Bug lets you quickly identify the most common invasive and beneficial insects (and other tiny critters) in your garden, and gives the best organic advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guyswithout reaching for the toxic chemicals. Garden expert Jessica Walliser also offers strategies for dealing with the new bugs in town, those worrisome st...more
Spiral-bound, 90 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by St. Lynn's Press
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Victoria Klein
Being a gardener has never been easier and more difficult. While planting and pruning is still as simple as ever, prolific plumes of pests are commonplace. What’s a dirt lover to do!?

The eco-answer has arrived with Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser. Printed on water-proofed, laminated pages and wire-bound, Good Bug, Bad Bug is written in easy to understand language. You can quickly identify invasive and beneficial insects. Walliser provides expert organic advice on how to attract the good gu...more
Crystal
This is a very handy little book about bugs. I'm trying to have a successful organic garden, for the second year in a row, and living in southern Maryland, we're just swamped in bugs, good and bad. Last year I made the mistake of not realizing that I needed to attract the good bugs, and instead got decimated by the bad ones. This year I'm being a lot more proactive. So this guide helped me be more aware of which bugs I need to look out for, both good and bad. I don't recommend reading through it...more
Shae
I saw this book for sale in a gardening catalog, so I ran right out to my local library to get it. Yes, lots of color photographs! Walliser says that 90% of bugs are benign or beneficial and only 10% are pests, so it's important to know how the bugs in your garden fall. Each pest page includes a picture, description, spot the damage, plants they attack, live biological controls, preventive actions, and organic product control. Each beneficial page includes a picture, description, life cycle, pes...more
Melissa
I am a beginner gardender. I started this year learning the basics and that inclues bugs. I hate bugs so they are all bad to me. I must say after reading this book it has made me rethink. In fact I have been making plans on what plants to buy next year to attract the good ones. I am sure this is basic information in the book but for me I have found this a great start. I have been able to take the book out and compare the bugs in the book to the one on my plants.
Angie
This book was recommended by the teacher of a class I took at the local cooperative extension. What a great book for a gardener! It is simple, a nice easy guide to keep handy when you go outside and visit your garden. It has very good photos of the bugs so you can distinguish between the good bugs and the bad ones. I especially like the fact the fact that that methods are organic. I highly recommend this book for gardeners - you won't regret the purchase.
Ann Keller
Any gardener worth his salt has worried about the telltale signs of leaf damage, bore holes and all manner of infestations. This little book is real gem, with color photographs of some of the most common pests, signs of leaf damage and what to do to eradicate the infestations. Deference is given to control by natural predators as opposed to chemical sprays, too. Even the younger set will appreciate this concise rendering and colorful presentation.
Ashley
Good book! Now, I do not have a garden currently, however, when I was younger my brother and I would try to create our own every year. Sadly, they never quite flourished like we would have liked. In reading this book, it might be because of the bad bugs! I never quite thought that the bugs could be the reason why our gardens every year seemed to fail! This book brought some new light to my brother and my failures in gardening.
Jaye
Included is an interesting but disturbing global warming warning to gardeners.
It is about how many insect species are shifting their ranges northward.
Gardeners will be dealing with new pests not seen in the northern areas before.
 Sara
this was very basic and missed many, many bugs. But it would give you a general idea of whether you want a given bug to stick around. It really only deals with insects in gardens. Nevertheless I learned a lot.
TC
An excellent little reference book on bugs good and bad.
Little Pearl
Cute, informative handbook.
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