Gardening Articles: Care :: Pests & Problems

Ecological Pest Management Made Easy

by Susan Littlefield


Want to know what biorational controls to use to deal with codling moths in your apples? How about under what trade names the microbial pesticide Bt is sold? Wondering if a pesticide is OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved for organic production?

All this information and much more is easily available with a few clicks in the Biorationals: Ecological Pest Management Datebase, part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. Biorational pesticides include target-specific microbial products; plant-based and other pesticides that have low non-target impact or break down quickly into non-toxic compounds; and new types of pesticides such as pheromones and particle film barriers. A tremendous amount of helpful information is literally "at your fingertips" with this great resource.

In addition, the website has a wealth of information on sustainable agriculture, including the organic production of horticultural crops, soils and compost, water management, pest management and marketing. And it's all available in Spanish as well as English.

To check out all the information at this website, go to: ATTRA .

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