Garden pests are a fact of my life. Some insects are beneficial, like butterflies and bees, but most are predators that just want a piece of my greenery. I know you panic when you see those creepy-crawlies running all over my beautiful leaves, and it's tempting to take that aerosol can full of bug poison and just drown them all. But please think before you spray. While your pesticides are killing the bugs, their chemicals are dripping into my soil, messing up the balance that you've been working so hard to achieve. Sometimes, a simple solution of soap and water in a spray bottle is all you need. It takes a little more work -- you'll need to wipe it off of the leaves and give it a good rinse -- but it sure beats eating bug poison.