What Is the Answer When You Have Been Pursued by Caterpillars?
Gardening comes with a myriad of well-documented health benefits.
The most obvious of these has to do with the fact that quite a bit of gardening is done outdoors. Of course, we would all like our outdoor spaces to be clean and green and we would like to enjoy the fruits of our labors. A primary component of the gardening process though is soil preparation. We have to give it a life, a boost. Specifically, we have to prepare our soils to make them fertile so that our plants will thrive.
One of the main components of soil is the topsoil.
Of course, if you want to prepare your soil and make it fertile then you have to remove the weeds and other critters that have invaded your soil. Some of the common weed that are found in soil are chickweed, dandelions, clover, barley grass and crabgrass. This ensures that there is plenty of organic matter in your soil to promote seed germination and plant growth. However, if you happen to find the aforementioned weed in your soil then you need to get rid of them. This is a vital aspect of your gardening practice and you need to make sure that you keep an eye on them to make sure that they are not growing.
Another key aspect of gardening is proper water management.
By proper I mean you have to be able to provide water to your garden so that it does not dry up and so that your plants get the water they need. There are a lot of types of plants that are drought tolerant and many of these plants require more water than other types. Proper watering is also vital for germination and growth of your garden.
A lot of people are under the impression that they need to go out and purchase everything they need for their garden from a garden center. This is not necessarily true. You can get everything you need from a garden center with some shopping at the local thrift store. For example, you can find all the compost you need right there. Right along with the soil starters. Right along with the fertilizer. Right along with the tools and all the other gardening necessities. I have a horticulture degree and I have to tell you that this works out better for you than going to the local garden center. As you shop at the local garden center you are more likely to spend $100.00 on one item only to realize that the item is no longer available and having to return to the garden center.
When you go with the thrift store you have all of the gardening essentials for your area right there in one place. A thrift store is like going to a garden center online. So, yes, you are paying $100.00 but you are going to get exactly what you need.
Now, before I get to the list I want to tell you a little bit about the history of the thrips.
Thrips have been around since before I was born. They are native to soil that has had small amounts of nitrogen applied. I suppose it is because they are a type of beetle and there has been a lot of me trying to get rid of them.
I have never been able to get them to attack anything that wasn’t a human or animal. I have tested everything from a carrot to a human baby. They have never attacked anything that wasn’t a beetle. They have been beneficial to me because they have helped me to recognize some bad soil conditions that are causing my garden to die.
Before they were called thrips. The bugs that attacked your lawn had names like grubs and mice flies. Some places thrips can attack you will be able to recognize it on the soil. When they attack your lawn they eat the lawn grubs and consume the nutrient deficient soil. These areas are not an issue because you are able to apply natural nutrients right to the soil. Other places can be identified by red patches in the lawn. These are thrips that are in the attack mode and have just consumed a lawn beetle.
Now, if you have a garden that has thrips problem you may need to identify some of the insects that have attacked your garden. To help identify some of the insects I have found in a thrips attack areas follow these steps.
1) Look for any areas that are being attacked by bugs that have an abdomen shaped mark. (You can test this by placing a finger into the affected area. If you can feel a line with a sort of beak in the affected area, you have found an area that has been attacked.)
2) Check to see if you have been attacked by a caterpillar beetle. (These eat thrips.)
3) Check to see if the red marking on your lawn is from a dragonfly. (This eating thrips.)
4) The areas that have been attacked by dragonflies tend to have the characteristic pattern of the pattern that I find most pleasing.
5) Check to see if the areas are on your soil. (These tend to eat beetles. That is on the earth’s surface in the form of sand or black crumbs. Some areas tend to be on top of soil as a form of defense.)
6) Check to see if the areas are not being attacked by other insects. (This is a good indicator that you are looking at thrips damage.)
7) Remember, the only way to be sure you have a thrips problem is to be attacked by a bug with an abdomen like a caterpillar beetle. (But not all bugs with the pattern that I prefer to eat thrips.)
In the end, you can prevent thrips problems by following these tips. However, if there are other areas that you may wish to check, such as deeper into the lawn or beneath your soil, you will need to consult with an expert in entomology and your local extension office.
There are many possible combinations that a combination of insects could produce, including the possibility of beneficial insects.
When considering the possible causes of a pest infestation, it is imperative that you know what kind of insects are involved. Without knowledge of the natural enemy your soil or grass are being attacked by, you will be wasting time and money attempting to solve a pest control problem that is beyond your control.
Soil and grass are an ideal place for the natural enemies of thrips and other pests. These enemies attack the insects from the inside out. They do this by eating the insects, they prevent them from hatching, and they kill the eggs as they are laid. There are many different types of soil predators, but most are dependent upon insects that can be killed by chemicals. In some cases, this can be done with organic matter, or in soil conditions that prevent the eggs from hatching, but it is a lot of work.
Insecticide applied to the bugs does little good, because you will still have bugs that are thriving in your lawn and still will pose a danger to the people who walk on your grass.
When you talk to a lawn care professional, you can determine what insects that are needed to address your infestation. You can also determine what methods would work best. You can also learn how to protect yourself when applying pesticides.