While for some people, insects might seem unappealing, so many creepy crawlies are beneficial insects for your garden. There are some bad bugs in your garden? You can find many resources like HomeMakerGuide on how to fight them in ordinary ways. But let us check helpful garden insects that your garden will be thrilled to host! Those who will help you win the battle in the most natural way you can imagine.
The good and the bad ones for your garden.
There will always be the good and the bad ones in your backyard. It is important to create an environment for natural predators to come so that insects that are destroying your plants (the bed ones) would be wiped out or at least their numbers will be lower. Good or beneficial ones will eat the bad ones and provide some time for your plants to recover. Moreover, you can attract the good ones by simply planting certain plants.
Bugs with benefits
Now let’s cut to the chase! Once you have the right plants, soon enough you can expect beneficial insects to show up. With the right environment, water and food they enjoy, they will show their work with preying on bad insects. There are four different beneficial types.
- Predators– they are general feeders, they consume most of the other bugs, however, be careful of some of them like the voracious praying mantis since they eat everything on their way
- Parasites– they lay their eggs on the host when the egg hatches larvae eat the host and kill the host
- Pollinators– they help plants to grow and produce year after year
- Decomposers– they are useful with garden waste since they make the soil fertile by releasing nutrients that plants need
List of good bugs and short description: What benefits do they provide for your garden?
Ladybug or lady beetle – they eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, and other varieties of soft-bodied insect pests as well. The exciting part is that ladybug larvae are the one who eats most of the aphids during their development stage.
Soldier beetle – might also be the right choice when it comes to aphids, or grasshopper or moths larvae. He does not only pray on them but pollinates plants also.
Praying mantis – nature is a perfect predator! They have excellent vision and camouflage skills, and when they are young, they eat aphids or mosquitoes. Adult mantis eats beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and just about any problematic garden insect.
Rough stink bug – great friends of gardens, they prey on aphids, beetles, caterpillars. They are also very well camouflaged and help a lot with harmful insects, so make sure not to kill them accidentally.
Trichogramma Wasps – one of the excellent assistant since it kills its host before the plant will be damaged. It is a small parasitic wasp, which destroys caterpillar eggs.
Lacewing – works during the night and has a deadly name attached to it – aphid lion. They grab aphids with large jaws and insert deadly, paralyzing venom. They kill them by drawing out the fluids.
Braconid wasp – they are a great choice if you are struggling with tomato hornworms. They also eat aphids, beetles, squash bugs, stinkbugs, and tent caterpillars.
Native bee – garden would not work without these best pollinate workers. They pollinate different types of plants; therefore, they are essential for every yard.
There are so many benefits to them! If you provide certain conditions, it will pay off immediately. Your garden will grow, these good guys will take care of it, and some of them will help with pollinating. You will get a healthy, thriving garden, with recovered plants.
What attracts good bugs?
There are so many different plants to choose from! Some of them are flower plants, so your garden will get a unique look! Among other plants, there are carrots, catnip, chamomile, dill, fennel that will get braconid wasp into your place. For lacewing: coriander, cosmos, dill, sunflowers, tansy, yarrow will do the work. For most of other parasitic wasps and insects use Queen Anne’s lace, zinnias, trees, angelica, cosmos, marigold, etc.
Bugs who are bad for your garden.
We will list some of the mentioned ones and the most common ones. Aphids are the ones usually on fruits, vegetables, flowers, sucking plant sap. There are caterpillars – they are very harmful to plants, causing much damage and eating mostly leaves. There are also many types of beetles (Japanese, Flea beetle, Colorado Potato, Mexican Bean) who usually defoliate plants. Amongst many other bad bugs, there are grasshoppers, crickets, moth larvae, squash bugs, stink bugs, mealy bugs.
Friend Or Foe?
If you are not sure which bugs are excellent, always check to make sure you don’t kill beneficial ones, or you don’t destroy flowers and plants they might need to have the best-leaving environment. It won’t take you a long time to learn what is best for your plants and how to make that surrounding better. Just keep in mind that bugs that look cute are not always good friends to your garden. So always try to find what they are, if they cause damage or not.
It might seem like a challenging topic, but once you start exploring, you will catch up pretty fast. Once you have realized what the exact problem is with your garden, get the right plants, and wait for the insects to show up and do their work. Sometimes comments and experiences from other gardeners might help so share your results with other gardeners here.
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