With the flush of tender new growth on plants comes the first hatching of Spring insects. Aphids are usually the first we see and then lots of caterpillars eating the tender leaves. Mother Nature has set out the buffet for all insects to feast on. Pulling out the poison should never be the first line of defense. A few insects here or there does not warrant treating. Many beneficial insects are also out in the Spring looking to feast on all the bad bugs. So just look around and keep an eye on where you may have a problem and see if the good bugs take care of the bad bugs. If not, then try the least toxic approach first. Maybe releasing a few ladybugs in the landscape or a good blast of water to wash away the insects is all you need to do.
image c/o Gilles San Martin