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Pest control is often associated with dangerous chemicals, but did you know that there are a number of animals here in Fort Lauderdale that are natural predators against pests? A pest in your garden or yard can be a biting insect, a plant-eating insect, a parasite, weeds, or plant diseases. Animals such as ladybugs, dragonflies, bats, frogs, lizards, and owls prey on pests in your landscape and provide natural pest control.

Ladybugs crawling
Lizard
Ladybugs crawling

General Guidelines

Do not purchase insects, lizards or other animals as a form of natural pest control. You may end up purchasing the wrong sub-species! Instead, encourage the expansion of native populations by planting native trees, shrubs and flowers. Use the sources in "More Information" below to be sure that you encourage native species.

Reduce your use of chemical pest control. Natural consumers need to be encouraged. If there's no food, they won't come around, and the chemicals may actually harm them when they eat animals and plants to which it has been applied.. It may take a season for you to build back your population of natural pest controllers, but it's worth the wait. For example, if you begin to see mosquitoes in your yard, resist the temptation to spray. Use repellent on your own clothes and skins, and try to stay indoors at dusk or as rains pool. With a little patience, you should start seeing dragonflies!

More Information

Ladybugs

Dragonflies

Amphibians and Reptiles

Owls

 

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