Some people use rotenone and purethrin but also consider using beneficial insects. Ladybuds are the most well known beneficial insects. They prey on aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, mites and other soft-bodied insect pests. Green/brown praying manthis are also released to control similar pests. Lacewings usually feed on aphids and, when none is available, on pollen. Then there are spiders, parasitic wasps, etc.
Your first step should be to identify what pest is attacking your plants so you can take appropriate action. I suggest you take a sample of these bugs to a good local nursery or your Ag Extension Service in a tightly sealed transparent plastic bag.