5 Bugs That Are Actually Good For Your Yard

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

5 Bugs That Are Actually Good For Your Yard | The Experienced Gardener

Regardless of how creepy you might find the bugs that are commonly found in gardens and landscaping, there’s no denying that some of them can actually be very helpful. Certain bugs can do a lot of good for your garden, by eliminating pests, pollinating flowers, or keeping everything clean and tidy. Let’s go over a few of the best bugs for your garden

Bumblebees

One insect that is absolutely good for your garden and plants is the bumblebee. The bumblebee is your best friend and a non-confrontational helper when it comes to tending to your landscaping. They’ll happily buzz around and pollinate flowers, keeping your garden lively and full of life. Many people tend to confuse them with other types of bees or bugs, such as wasps, and might simply panic and start trying to get rid of bumblebees. However, be sure to spare them from the flyswatter. If you do, you’ll not only have a beautiful and lush outdoor retreat, but you’ll also help to save such an important non-hostile species of insect.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs are usually pretty openly welcomed in yards thanks to their normally-passive nature, and these colourful little dot-shaped insects do a lot of work to protect your landscaping as a result. Adult ladybugs do happen to love munching on aphids, mites and mealybugs. Their larvae have an even bigger appetite than the adults. One way you can attract these pest-fighting pests is by planting dill, fennel, yarrow, and similar plants.

Green Lacewing

Green lacewings are little cheerfully-coloured insects that work much like ladybugs. Adults and their larvae will happily eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, scales, thrips, and those stubborn whiteflies that damage your garden and plants. You can even plant some cosmos in your garden to attract them, so it’s never been easier to get some extra garden security for your yard.

Nocturnal Ground Beetles

They may be big, fast, and gross to some people, but nocturnal ground beetles will clear your yard of annoying pests extremely efficiently. They’re a voracious predator of slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots, and other pests. Just one beetle larva can chew through more than 50 caterpillars. Perennials are great habitats for beetles, and are sure to attract them.

Tachinid Flies

There are in fact some species of flies that can be more beneficial and less annoying than the house flies or fruit flies that you deal with often. Tachinid flies are a great example, as they are the ultimate caterpillar-killer. Dill, parsley, and similar herbs are a good way to draw them to your property to get to work.

You might not have known that some pests are good for your garden. With these five examples, you’re should be more informed about how some bugs can help you achieve a healthy, pest-free lawn and garden. However, not all pests are beneficial to your yard. If you’ve noticed that you have a pest issue in your yard that’s damaging your plants, call a professional landscaper so that they can come in and have a look, before making a recommendation about what to do.

 

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens