Posted: 11/06/2013 at 14:33
I don't use pesticides at all, it's a personal choice we made when we started growing our own fruit and veg. I can put up with pests such as green/white fly and slugs and snails, what would the likes of ladybirds, hover flies, lacewings and song thrushes have to feed on? If they start getting out of balance (and for greenfly and white fly so far this year that is the case) a thumb and finger is all that's needed. Not many ladybirds about at the moment in our local area but the balance will soon return.
My box hedging was covered in a lot white fly, and I mean a lot, but after going over it with the hosepipe on a fast spray it seems to have eliminated them....for the time being anyway!