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Spraying pesticides can be a fast method to ridding your garden of pests, but how about encouraging predators in your garden.

My daughter is hunting for frogs. So far she has captured two of them from the yard. She wants to show the world her new pets, while being upset that I want them to be released. You see; I have been working on making a habitat for them, and I want them to stay in the garden, since they are great at decreasing my population of unwanted insects.
    I am glad that she has this chance to explore nature. I always wanted my children to understand where the food on their plates originated. Watching the little girls eat the first plums picked off of the tree made me laugh, because they were so proud to harvest their own fruit. As every gardener knows, garden pests can be a huge problem for our produce. Considering that my family is going out to the beds to grab some herbs or vegetables for a meal, I do not want these to be covered with pesticides. That is when I hit upon the idea of making homes for frogs, lizards, and others. A pile of sticks, over turned pots, and old shoes are scattered around the garden beds. The old shoes cause eye brows to raise from people walking through my garden, but they make great homes.
    These homes have caused the neighborhood children to dub my house lizard central. I am quite happy to see them scurrying about. Mosquitoes are still an issue. My wife will not allow me to build bat houses, but they are simple to make, and bats do eat a lot of mosquitoes. In the mean time, I am building more bird houses. Everyone enjoys sitting in the backyard watching the birds, and birds do their share with controlling insects. I also have snakes from little garden snakes that we all have hiding in our grass, but I do have a larger snake hiding out somewhere (I find the skin that has shed, but I have not spotted the snake itself). I also go on spiderweb tours with the girls. We look for the webs to see what is happening, and this tour has created an appreciation of spiders, which allows them to flourish.
    Creating habitats for insect predators can be as easy as dropping your old shoe. The benefits  are fewer insects munching on your greens, but you may wish to go on nature hikes around your own home. Even my baby noticed caterpillars going after my fennel, so we were able to pick them off. Well, the girls do love seeing butterflies, so I need to find a place for the caterpillars. Maybe I can sneak in a bat house without my wife’s knowledge? It is the female mosquitoes which bite, so my wife may just be sympathetic to her fellow females?