Late spring maxi-bloom, insect boom

A plea for patience, and fewer pesticides

In a late, cold spring early- and later blooming trees and shrubs share the stage. We hope your redbud and pink dogwood don’t clash with your crabapple and lilac!

We don’t want to spoil your enjoyment of this riot of bloom, just hope you will keep this in mind: Insects follow plants, not the calendar. There are many hatches that occur in spring and summer as each insect species emerges to feed on or live in the plant species they evolved with. When the plants all come on at once, the insects appear in rapid succession, too. It can seem like a plague. You might think you should break out the insecticide to level the field.

Keep the lid on those pesticides. The insects are not worse than usual, healthy plants can handle it by themselves, the birds and natural predators will prosper and be in abundance to handle summer bugs and your family will be better off for less exposure to those chemicals.

Pesticides send ripples through the environment. predator insects and relatively benign and desirable insects like butterflies tend to be hit hardest. They will not be there when you wish they were.

Pesticides send ripples through the environment. predator insects and relatively benign and desirable insects like butterflies tend to be hit hardest. They will not be there when you wish they were.