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Striking a Balance

Take a few minutes and observe the insects busy at work in your garden. 95-99% of all insect species we encounter are beneficial or harmless to human life or efforts.

Other species to consider are birds, bats, toads, snakes, spiders and earthworms to name a few. The relationship within this community and with the insect world is mind-boggling.

Pest and plant disease does exist in nature but rarely get out of hand, usually occurring only when there is an imbalance. Indiscriminate pesticide use contributes to an imbalance by killing more than the target. Take a lesson from nature and strive for balance by encouraging a diverse collection of plants and animals.

Up to 99% of insect species are crucial to the balance of landscape life. Invite them into your garden and discover the roles they play.
Beneficial Life in Your Garden

Ladybugs aka Lady-bird beetle
Eat aphids, spider mites, mealy bugs, scale insects
Lacewings
Lacewing larvae eat aphids, whiteflies, leafminers mites, and thrips
Hover Flies
Predators of aphids, thrips and other plant sucking insects
Parasitic Wasps
Lay eggs inside whiteflies, aphids and some caterpillar pests.
Dragon Flies / Damsel Flies
Eat mosquitoes
Nematodes
Microscopic worms that feed on the larvae and grubs of many pests
Beetles
While some are pests, others are great pest-fighters
Birds
Consume insect eggs, beetles and grubs
Spiders
Help keep insect populations in balance
Toads
Can consume 3000 grubs, slugs, beetles and other insects in a month
Bats
Can eat 1000 bugs in one night

Some predatory insects can be purchased to supplement your garden's biodiversity. Before ordering be sure to identify the target pest and consult suppliers for relevant information. Once you receive your hired helpers, carefully follow all instructions for handling and releasing.

Contact
Karla Hoffman, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 6V3
ph (250) 828-3888
email khoffman@kamloops.ca

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.

healthy landscapes, healthy living

Invite Garden Helpers

  • Avoid the use of toxic sprays or dusts as they may end up causing accidental injury or death to beneficial life.
  • Select a variety of plants - try using native species.
  • Plant trees and shrubs for shelter.
  • Plant a border of companion plants rich in pollen and nectar as a food source for adult stages of beneficial insects.
  • Use a windbreak (e.g. hedge) to reduce dust since beneficial insects dehydrate easily.
  • Provide a source of water for birds and insects - fill a shallow bowl or birdbath with stones and water so benefiicals can land and drink without drowning.