5 Insects that Are Good for Your Garden
Homeowners spend a lot of time trying to keep the bugs out of their homes and of course gardens. However, what most don't know, there are some bugs that are good for your backyard paradise. Here are five that will take care of the other ones that can do damage, including caterpillars, mites, slugs and beetles.
Ladybugs are probably the most common garden savior homeowners are familiar with. Bright red and polka-dotted, they can tear through a colony of aphids in no time. And it’s not just the elder bugs that eat pests; the ladybug’s larvae can devour 100 aphids an hour, and will also help control a host of other problem bugs, like spider mites and scale insects.
While you can plant a number of things to help attract ladybugs, including dill, angelica and cilantro, the best way to get a colony of them in your garden, is to buy some.
While the adult lacewings often prefer nectar and pollen, lacewing larva love aphids and are a great way to control problem pests. Because they don’t tend to get along with one another in their adult stage, lacewings are sold as eggs, which you can add to your garden to keep bad bugs in check.
Almost impossible to see, these colorless roundworms are extremely effective at knocking out pests below the soil. These tiny worms work their way into grubs, beetles and weevils, killing them with a parasitic bacteria in a matter of days. Not all nematodes are created equal, of course. Some species will actually attack plant roots and others can cause disease in humans.
Bees can play a central roll in growing a healthy garden as they will ensure that your garden is properly pollinated. If you’d like to help the process along, you can purchase or rent a honeybee hive for your property, which will both improve plant growth and give you a steady supply of honey.
A beautiful and graceful bug, the praying mantis is also deadly to most insects, many of which do damage to your garden. These predators take out more than just aphids and mites, though. Because they eat just about any insect they can get their arched arms on, they can also help you tackle infestations of mosquitoes, houseflies and moths.
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