Most people think of pests as annoying because they eat their hard-earned crops. Although there are many pests that can harm your garden, such as the infamous aphid, and other common insects like grasshoppers, moths, and maggots, there are still many insects that can help your garden thrive.
These insects help protect our gardens by pollinating certain plants and eating harmful pests. It is important to know the difference between good and bad insects, and to keep in mind that you don’t want to repel the ones that help your garden thrive.
Ladybugs are a common insect that gardeners love because they are able to eliminate pests. Ladybugs are the main predators of aphids and can consume as many as 50 per day. Many estimates have ladybugs eating over 5,000 aphids each year.
Hoverflies also contribute to pollination. Hoverflies are essential for pollination of carrots and onions, as well as many other fruit trees.
The end of vegetable stocks is where green lacewings lay eggs, protecting their larvae against predators as well as the crops from pests.
They consume around 200 aphids per week and prey on small caterpillars and other soft-bodied pests like mealybugs and whiteflies.
Ground beetles can be used to get rid of pests in your soil and on your plants. Ground beetles eat common invertebrate pests like aphids.
Ground beetles can also prevent harmful weeds growing in your garden.
These wasps are small, non-stinging wasps that are considered the best for pest control in the garden. Their ability to parasitize (their way of eating) more than 200 species of pests makes them one of the most versatile insects when it comes pest control. You should remember that not all insects can be harmful to your garden.