Helpful bugs in your garden – Don’t kill these!
At least for me, when I see a bug inside my house I kill it or relocate it outside. But some bugs might be helpful in garden at eating other bugs that would otherwise take out your crop.
Here are some bugs that I learned about that can help in the garden, reduce the need for pesticides, and don’t look too creepy:
Ladybugs – Cute, usually left alone by other bugs so they won’t be eaten themselves, and they eat aphids, mealy worms, leafhoppers, and mites.
Tachinid fly – They lay their larvae in the backs of other bugs like caterpillars and moths. When the larvae hatch, they consume the host they have been planted in. SICK! But helpful…
Green Lacewings – They eat aphids, whiteflies, leafhoppers, and mealybugs
Fungus gnat predator – The only creepy looking one I’m adding on the list because of how helpful they are at eating fungus gnats, gnat larvae, and spider mites. I’ve had issues with fungus gnats before and they will destroy your plant, wish I had a few of these predators earlier.
Praying mantis – They eat moths, beetles, crickets, and caterpillars.
Spiders – I usually kill spiders because I don’t know the ones that could turn around and kill me. Self defense? But spiders are helpful in the garden at killing many various bugs so it’s best to leave them be.
Bees – You may be afraid of getting stung, but we need to save the bees. They bring fruit to your garden by pollinating the flowers.
Worms – If you find a worm, take it to your garden and they will aerate your soil and break down compost into rich fertilizer.
Toads – Not a bug, but a slug and bug killing machine. You may like one of these going around your garden than some of the creepy bugs.
Baby chicks – Baby and young chicks will clean up a garden of invading pests, but once they grow up they start to realize that they can eat the berries and other leaves of your plants.
You can buy many of these insects online, at your local nursery, or maybe a hardware store. For example, here are 1000 green lacewing larvae for $24