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Which Insects Are Good for Your Garden and Which Do You Need to Get Rid of ASAP?

Some gardeners get nervous at the first sign of bugs in the garden. However, while there are bad insects that can damage your garden plants, there are also good insects that can help rid the garden of damaging pests. Getting rid of pests and attracting good insects is the best way to have a healthy garden.

Which Insects Are Good for Your Garden and Which Do You Need to Get Rid of ASAP

Helpful Insects in the Garden

Having good insects in the garden is one of the best pest control methods for keeping the bad insects out. Two of the best types of insects for pest control in the garden are parasitic wasps and ladybugs.

Parasitic wasps are one of the most beneficial of the good insects. These tiny wasps are great for getting rid of aphids, cabbage worms, tomato hornworms, caterpillars, and armyworms. Because most varieties of this wasp don’t sting, you don’t have to worry about your safety around them.

Ladybugs are another favorite insect of gardeners. They will take care of numerous bad insects including aphids, mites, scales, and whiteflies.

Other beneficial insects include:

  • Praying Mantis
  • Assassin Bugs
  • Lacewings
  • Butterflies

How to Attract Helpful Insects

Planting herbs like dill, cilantro, chives, fennel, and various types of flowers like marigolds will attract ladybugs, parasitic wasps, and other beneficial insects to your garden. You can also buy ladybugs and parasitic wasps at garden shops.

Pests in the Garden

Just a few damaging insects in your garden can ruin many of your plants in a matter of days. The most common damaging insects in the garden are whiteflies and aphids.

Whiteflies can destroy the leaves of a tomato plant in just one day. They are small enough that they can fly through any type of mesh you might consider putting around the plants. They are also a big problem in greenhouses. You might even unknowingly bring whiteflies home with your new tomato plants.

Aphids are another tiny pest. They are as small as a pinhead and might be hard to see unless you look hard for them. They suck the life out of your garden plants. Other bad garden insects include:

  • Armyworms
  • Cabbage Looper
  • Cutworms
  • Mexican Bean Beetle
  • Flea Beetle
  • Japanese Beetles

How to Get Rid of Pests

One of the best things you can do to get rid of whiteflies and aphids is using a sticky paper trap. You can buy these at any garden shop. They are non-poisonous and will attract the bugs to the sticky paper. A spray of soapy water on the plants can also control these pests.

If traps and DIY solutions aren’t working, you’ll need to talk to a pest control company. They can help you figure out which type of insect—or types of insects—are ravaging your yard and help you find a treatment plan that will work without harming your garden.

Companion planting, having good soil by using compost, rotating vegetables each season, planting herbs and flowers around the garden will help keep away bad insects and attract the good insects.

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Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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