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Are There Some Insects that are Beneficial to my Garden?

Ladybugs, bees and more pests can be beneficial to your garden! Read to learn how they can contribute to your thriving garden this summer!

220px-PetunieGenerally, bugs are thought of as pests, particularly when they make their way into your home. However, it is important not to forget that some insects can actually be beneficial. This is especially true if you have a garden where you’re growing flowers or even vegetables and herbs. Here are some of the insects that can greatly benefit your garden.

Ladybugs

Although you might know them as ladybugs, the iconic red insects are actually technically called lady beetles. Along with being charming in appearance, these spotted beetles love eating aphids and mites, both of which can do serious damage to your garden. The key to attracting ladybugs to your garden is keeping the area moist and planting things like dill and fennel, which naturally attract ladybugs.

Damsel Bugs

Nabids, more commonly known as damsel bugs, are small tan-colored insects that can be incredibly helpful in your garden. Damsel bugs eat things like caterpillars and aphids, two of the most problematic pests you might be trying to get rid of. Damsel bugs typically thrive around alfalfa, but you can buy or collect them and then release them in your garden to enjoy the benefits that they bring.

Bees

No one likes getting stung, but there is no denying the fact that bees are instrumental in many gardens. Pollination of those beautiful flowers you buy year after year can happen thanks to bees, but first they have to be attracted to your garden to do their pollinating. Bees are attracted to the nectar and pollen of plants, and they will naturally gravitate toward local species rather than imported flowers. Many gardeners are surprised to learn just how much bees love herbs, and in particular fresh mint.

Ground Beetles

Often black with a blue or green sheen that makes them look almost metallic, ground beetles are some of the most beneficial insects you could wish for in your garden. They are nocturnal, feeding when you are likely asleep, and they will protect whatever you’ve planted by eating pests like slugs and snails. Just the larvae of a ground beetle can eat a whopping 50 caterpillars before reaching maturity! You can encourage ground beetles to live in your garden by planting perennials that guarantee year-round cover.

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While some insects can be beneficial in the garden, others can wreak havoc in the home. If you’re dealing with the unpleasant variety, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.

 

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