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Which Garden Bugs Are Beneficial To Your Garden

When you find insects in your garden, your first thought might be, “Oh, no!” If you are like most garden enthusiasts, then you probably fear bugs because they could destroy your beautiful ornamental plants or infest your well-kept landscape. But not all creatures are bad for your garden. Some are actually beneficial, and you can consider having some good garden bugs around if you prefer organic pest control methods. Here are a few examples of beneficial garden insects.

Colorful Ladybugs

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Ladybugs are among the most widely recognized beetles around because of their red color and black dots. But they come in many different colors, including white, yellow or orange, and they typically have spots. Ladybugs are beneficial to any garden, even agricultural areas, because of their ability to consume a variety of nasty pests, like aphids, mealy bugs, mites, and many other soft-bodied creatures. Female ladybugs and their larvae can also consume large amounts of moth eggs, thrips, and other small critters.

Dainty Dragonflies or Damselflies

It is certainly a joy to see sparkling blue, violet or green dragonflies or damselflies flitting around your garden. These insects, however, aren’t just pretty to look at; they also contribute to keeping gardens in good condition¬†because they eat a lot of pesky insects. These harmless flying beauties can help exterminate or reduce the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes, gnats, and many bothersome insects.

Voracious Spiders

Spiders are very voracious eaters. They’ll eat anything, even beneficial bugs. Because of this particular trait, you should try to control spider populations in your garden even though they can be great pest control weapons.

Sinister-Looking Ground Beetles

Ground beetles can look quite threatening with their long skinny legs, antennae, and black or brown coloration. These nocturnal creatures, however, are your friends especially if your garden is inundated with slugs and snails. Ground beetles also eat maggots, cabbage worms, and corn earworms. But they can only forage the grounds since these creatures cannot climb.

Ravenous Green Lacewings

As delicate as they may look, green lacewings are actually feared by many because they have an appetite for all sorts of bugs, like leafhoppers, spider mites, caterpillars and mealybugs. But adult green lacewings have nothing on their young. Baby lacewings are known as “aphid lions” because they eat more. Aside from aphid larvae, hungry young lacewings, which look like minute alligators, also consume copious amounts of insects that could greatly damage your garden.

Centipedes and Millipedes

Gardeners and farmers have a love-hate relationship with centipedes and millipedes. Centipedes forage around for roaches, crickets, fly cocoons, and some kinds of worms, as well as carpet beetles and ants. Millipedes help in encouraging the decomposition of organic materials. All in all, both creatures aid in controlling garden pests and improving soil quality. However, these creatures are difficult to contain. If your garden is teeming with them, you’ll find them inside your home soon enough. This is the time when they become a huge nuisance.

 

About the Author:

Claire Lassiter is a freelance writer who has written hundreds of articles about health and home. A lot of the work that she’s done have also been about pest presence and how some insects affect gardens, landscapes, as well as agricultural areas, and some materials have been used by¬†Rove Pest Control.

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