Dealing with Bugs and Bunnies:
Eco-Friendly Pest Management for the Home Gardener
In this class, we will explore environmentally friendly ways of dealing with insect and mammal pests in the garden. The presentation will begin with a discussion of the general principles of integrated pest management (IPM) applicable to all pests, followed by specific control methods for common garden nuisances, such as white lawn grubs, aphids, rabbits, and deer. IPM focuses on reducing pest infestations through proper gardening techniques. When an infestation occurs, the pest must be properly identified before control techniques are implemented. Pest populations are controlled first through non-toxic means and then – only when necessary – the use of safer pesticides.