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4 Cheery Bugs That Actually Help Your Garden

You may be concerned about having bugs in your garden, but you might be surprised to know that certain types of bugs are actually good for the growth of vegetation. Some of these good bugs feed on other bugs that are known to devastate crops and plant life. Here are four cheery bugs that actually help your garden.



These beetle-like bugs with red- or orange-colored backs with black polka dots feed on aphids, which wreak havoc on gardens by eating plants and transmitting viruses to vegetation. According to, a single adult ladybug can eat hundreds of aphids a day and possibly thousands in a lifetime. Mites and white flies are among the other favorite meals for ladybugs. During the spring and summer months, a ladybug can lay up to 1,000 eggs, which can further help to keep the ladybug population in your garden thriving.

Braconid Wasps

These wasps tend to look more like mosquitoes but can help preserve the plant life in your garden by simply laying eggs. The braconid wasp lays its eggs by injecting them into aphids, caterpillars and other types of bugs or insects that are known to eat and cause additional harm to vegetation. When the eggs hatch, the host dies from the larvae feeding on its insides. If you want to attract more braconid wasps in your garden, try planting some carrots, parsley and yarrow.

Minute Pirate Bugs

Named for their small size and sinister mannerisms when it comes to dealing with other creepy crawlers, the minute pirate bug is a welcomed addition in many gardens when the spring season arrives. In addition to conventional pest prevention methods, you can rely on minute pirate bugs to rid your garden of many of the pesky invaders that want to do harm to your plants and flowers. Minute pirate bugs feed on a variety of bugs and their eggs to keep gardens healthy. Planting marigolds, spearmint and alfalfa can help attract more of the minute pirate bugs.

Ground Beetles

There are more than 2,500 species of ground beetles that feed on everything from cabbage worms and corn earworms to snails and slugs. Ground beetles make their homes in the soil beneath mulches as well as around perennial plants and piles of compost. Their habitat allows them to catch creepy crawlers on the ground that are hungry for your plants, vegetables and flowers. Providing enough bushy areas in your garden for shelter and keeping your perennials watered regularly can attract more ground beetles.

Not all bugs are bad for your garden. Knowing the types of bugs that can make your garden safer for your vegetation will help you keep the pest population down to a minimum.


Author Bio:  Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

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