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Good vs. Bad Bugs

Gardening Tips

Bugs can either be beneficial or detrimental to your garden. Beneficial ones can actually help the plant grow faster and better by a lot of ways. For example, decomposing unwanted plant materials can help remove the wastes that can harm the plant itself. Detrimental ones, on the other hand, can really slow down the growth of the plant in a lot of ways as well. An example of this is delaying the growth of the plant by consuming parts of the plant itself. Not only does this create room for other diseases, the plant will have to exert some of its precious energy to somewhat remedy the problem.
Luckily for us growers, beneficial bugs can be used to remove detrimental bugs in a garden. These bugs can act like nature’s guardians against pests which will both hasten the growth of the plant and reduce the chances of it slowing down by removing pests. Interested? This article can be your quick guide to defending your garden with beneficial bugs!
First, we need to be able to attract these beneficial bugs first in our garden. The best way to do so is to grow their favorite flowering plants. These will include (and is not limited to):
- Mint
- Shasta and ox-eye Daisies
- Cosmos
- Wild Carrots
- Clover
- Marigolds
- Dill
- Yarrow
Additionally, you can provide these bugs with a “bug bath” to attract them more. To do so, simply fill a small container with small stones or gravel and water just enough to keep it moist. To avoid drowning the insects, simply add bigger stones as platforms to stand on. Lastly, using pesticides can repel the bugs (and kill them!) so not using them can really help.
There are numerous kinds of beneficial insects that can do more than the common pollinating job. In order to help you better, we will give you a list of these beneficial insects and what they can do to protect your garden!
Parasitic Wasps
Parasitic wasps lay their eggs on pests which they eventual feed on. This effectively kills off the pests and reduces the chances of pests appearing in your garden. Parasitic wasps often target the following bad bugs: tomato horn-worms, beet armyworms, aphids, and cabbage worms. Planting dill, white clover, yarrow, or a wild carrot can attract these bugs.
Assassin Bugs
From the name itself, assassin bugs can help in a garden by eliminating pests such as flies, beetles (harmful ones), caterpillars, and mosquitos.
Centipedes and Millipedes
Despite their record of being somewhat of a bad bug, their good can outweigh the bad. Centipedes can eliminate soil-dwelling pests like slugs while millipedes break down organic matter for the plant to use.
Aphid Midges
Aphids are very destructive in a garden. They suck out saps and can spread diseases. Aphid Midges are then used against these aphids. They can devour them which effectively reduces the number of aphids in a garden.
Green lacewing larvae can consume a number of bad bugs present in a garden. Aphids, scaly bugs, moth eggs, mites, small caterpillars, and mealy bugs are among of the things on its menu. Having a water source nearby can attract these lacewings.
Hover Fly
Similar to lacewings, a single hover fly larvae can consume up to 400 aphids when growing!
Ladybugs often munch on aphids as well as soft-bodied insects and their eggs. Dandelions, angelica, dill, yarrow, or wild carrots can attract this attractive bug!
Pirate Bugs
Pirate bugs are very fond of munching on spider mites, thrips, and small caterpillars. You can enlist the aid of pirate bugs by planting golden rods, alfalfa, daisies, and yarrows.
Praying Mantis
A friend to most gardens, the praying mantis can feed on any types of insects including beetles, crickets, caterpillars, leafhoppers and aphids.
Ground Beetles
Beetles are mostly harmful to any garden except for a few. Like most of the bugs listed here, ground beetles feed on pests such as caterpillars, slugs, cutworms, snails and other pests that dwell on the soil.
Soldier Beetles
Soldier beetles can feed on aphids, caterpillars, and grasshopper eggs. They can be attracted with plating golden rods, hydrangeas, and milkweed.
Rove Beetles
Rove beetles love munching on both soil-dwelling pests and organic matter which can then be used by the plants. Snails, slugs, nematodes, mites and aphids are among of the things that then can eat.
Pillbugs or sowbugs consumes decaying organic matter that is present in the garden. In general, pillbugs are beneficial insects as long as they do not overpopulate in a garden.
There are many more bugs that can help reduce the bad bugs in a garden. Knowing these types of bugs can really help in creating a bad-bug free garden which will ultimately increase the outcome of the plant. Sure, commercial pesticides exist, but remember that pesticides not only affects both the good and bad bugs, they also affect the plant themselves.

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