Instead of using chemicals to deal with pests, a more natural way to get rid of them is to create an environment within which their predators can thrive.

 

Beneficial Insects

 

5 Beneficial Garden Insects

 Let nature handle pest control for free

 

Instead of using chemicals to deal with pests, a more natural way to get rid of them is to create an environment within which their predators can thrive. For this reason you can plant nectar and pollen plants, or strive to protect some insects which will feed on pests, and in the process support your organic garden. The following are some of the most effective insects that can help you achieve this goal.

1. Ladybugs

This is but one in more than 400 species of beetles that roam the North American divide. Their larvae feed on aphids and any other soft body insects, while the adults go after pollen and nectar, which they have to eat before reproduction.

2. Lacewings

Their adults normally feed on nectar from the flowers within your garden, though naturally they are predators and will tend to feed on moth eggs, aphids, thrips, caterpillars, mites and scales.

3. Hover Flies (flower flies or syrphid flies)

When they grow bigger they look like bees, though their larvae have pointed heads. They are basically attracted to flowers because of their need to feed on pollen and nectar. Their larvae on the other hand eat aphids that are found in very tight places where perhaps other bugs are not able to reach. They come in handy when spring is just starting, before all the other insects have become active. They are also responsible for pollinating berries, hence a higher yield and larger fruits.

4. Predatory Bugs

These bugs basically are predators to a lot of insects that affect your garden, from caterpillars to leafhopper nymphs. The pirate bugs in particular are normally drawn to buckwheat, willows, nectar, corn and pollen, while the rest of the other predatory bugs have a higher affinity towards shrubs, bunch grass and permanent plantation under which they are sheltered. There is a special lure that you can use to attract them to your garden. Some of the most common predatory bugs are, minute pirate bugs, ambush bugs, assasin bugs, solider bugs and big-eyed bugs.

5. Ground beetles

They like to hide under logs and stones during the course of the day, but as soon as they are disturbed, they move very fast. They usually prey on cutworms, slugs, root maggots and snails to mention but a few. You can easily attract them with a perennial ground cover, along with logs or stones in your garden. Rove beetles in particular tend to prey on insect pests, and they thrive under the same conditions that ground beetles do.

 

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