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, updated 2nd edition, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common invasive and beneficial insects in the garden; plus the best organic advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys - without reaching for the toxic chemicals. Includes strategies for dealing with the “new bugs in town,” those worrisome strangers that are starting to show up due to climate change (and some that have just flown in from abroad). Forty-one bugs, presented in full ...

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Overview

Good Bug Bad Bug, updated 2nd edition, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common invasive and beneficial insects in the garden; plus the best organic advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys - without reaching for the toxic chemicals. Includes strategies for dealing with the “new bugs in town,” those worrisome strangers that are starting to show up due to climate change (and some that have just flown in from abroad). Forty-one bugs, presented in full color on laminated card stock, with concealed wire binding. Sturdy enough to take into the garden for easy reference. An attractive gift book for adults and curious kids alike. The 2nd edition contains a number of color photographs not seen in the 1st edition and presents three new "bad bugs" to add to the rogues gallery of insect pests.

Additional "bad bugs" to be found in the 2nd edition:

The Grasshopper- which causes significant damage to the gardens of North America and can fly for miles.

The Lygus Bug - another significant North American pest, doing great damage to fruits, berries, vegetables and flowers; especially prolific in the South.

The Brown Marmoratted Stink Bug - a recent arrival from Asia that feeds on fruits, vegetables, berries and flowers, and has a nasty habit of invading our homes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An entomological tour de force. Congratulations, Jessica Walliser, on your solid treatment of the insect denizens of the garden." Dr. Paul Reed Hepperly, Research and Training Manager, The Rodale Institute

"This exciting new field guide – from one of organic gardening's most exciting young pioneers – is practical, timely and innovative, all in one." Paul Tukey, HGTV co-host and publisher of People, Places and Plants magazine; author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual

"Consider this book an important gardening tool. Whatever you do, don't leave it on the shelf!" Jeff Lowenfels, author of Teaming with Microbes: a Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

The Ponca City News - Backyard Gardeniing Editor
April 21, 2014...
Got a new book last week called “Good Bug, Bad Bug,” by Jessica Walliser. It has pictures which are fabulous when identifying bugs. Descriptions alone just don’t cut it. Walliser describes 27 pests and 14 beneficials as well as having a glossary and a source directory. “Source directory,” you ask? Yes, because the best part of this little show-and-tell book is every pest has a picture, a description of their life cycle, what plants they like, which beneficials like to eat them (otherwise known as biological controls) and preventative actions that can be taken (or bought). Hence, the source directory. Ms. Walliser is the co-author of “Grow Organic” and her preventative actions range from cut the leaf or damaged part off to using non-caustic botanical oils and neem on the affected plants.
Using this book helped me identify some pests as well as some beneficials in my own garden. Walliser is very complimentary to ladybugs as they consume most of the larvae of pests before they get to be adult problems. My ladybugs will be making their mail order appearance sometime this week.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981961590
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Second Edition, updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 197,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Walliser is co-author of Grow Organic (St. Lynn’s Press, 2007).She has a degree in ornamental horticulture and writes "The Good Earth" garden column for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. She is co-host of "The Organic Gardeners" Sunday morning show on KDKA radio, Pittsburgh (65,000 listeners in a 3-state area). Jessica is a regular contributor to many national and regional gardening publications, and lectures widely at garden clubs and botanic gardens across the country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Good Intro Book to bugs

    Easy to read; good practical information. Wish it had more photos with different stages of life and covered more bugs!

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