Good Garden Pests
Spring and summer gardens are worth enduring the long, cold winter, but there are downsides to having even the most beautiful flower plot in the neighborhood. One of those downsides: bugs. We spend all summer trying to keep them away while we're dining on the patio and playing in the backyard, but not all bugs are bad. Here are 5 bugs you want to have in your garden.
Beneficial Nematode Worms
Beneficial Nematode Worms aren't worms you can see--they're microscopic--but they do a lot of heavy lifting in the garden. Different worm types eat different kinds of pests that can damage flowers and vegetables. Some eat fleas and ants; others go after weevils and beetles. Making a home for them in your garden will keep your plants, animals and guests happy throughout the season.
Ladybugs are easy on the eyes and tough on pests! These cute red and black beetles terrorize mealybugs, mites and the dreaded aphid. Aphids are one of the most destructive pests in a garden, but ladybug larvae eat dozens of them a day and a single adult ladybug eats up to 80 aphids daily. The little ladybug may look sweet, but she packs a punch.
The praying mantis is one of the more aggressive pests to have on your side in the garden. A praying mantis eats just about any insect that crosses its path, including aphids, mosquitoes, beetles, grasshoppers, and other bugs that like to eat what you're growing in your garden. They even go after moths that hover around lamps, which is handy when you have a cookout that goes after dark.
Add syrphid flies to your army in the battle against aphids! Also called hoverflies, these insects look similar to bees and even do some bee work (they help pollinate), but they also help protect your garden by eating damaging insects like aphids. As an added benefit, the larvae tend to eat decaying plant and animal material to keep the environment fresh and fertile.
Minute Pirate Bugs
Minute pirate bugs are tiny, but their bite can take out populations of aphids, mites, thrips, insect eggs and caterpillars. They're only about 3 millimeters long and are attracted to flowering plants where soft-bodied insects are found. Farmers and gardeners use hedgerows to draw minute pirate bugs to problem areas, where they help keep harmful pest populations down. And if they run out of prey, they can sustain themselves by feeding on pollen.
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