But we’re not denying that there are also garden insects you want to get rid of immediately.
Here’s a short guide on the bugs you want to leave alone in your garden and the bugs that should leave your garden alone.
This family of spotted beetles are widely known as beneficial insects in gardens and croplands.
Their choice of prey are agricultural pests like aphids and scale insects, so they’re very practical to have around.
To attract them, writer Melissa King recommends growing fragrant plants like angelica, marigold, dill, and fennel.
Make sure there’s enough water for lady bugs to drink and ground cover for their protection.
This means they’re not really picky when it comes to their prey. Aside form aphids and scale insects, they also feed on moth eggs, caterpillars, cabbage loopers, and mites.
Don’t shoo them away, as these nocturnal insects also eat common garden pests like ants, slugs, and maggots.
Other species even get hungry for seeds of invasive weeds like thistle. Given their choice of shelter, make sure to scatter rocks and logs to attract them.
Their stings are, however, deadly for small insects, and they’re considered apex predators who feed on common garden pests. They also help pollinate the garden, which is key for a healthy ecosystem.
Another thing to know about these winged creatures is their love for sugary things, which is why they tend to wander inside your home.
To keep them out, this guide by HomeServe suggests covering trash cans, food containers, and cleaning up scraps. This ensures that they stay outdoors, where they can focus on hunting down pests.
Some spiders are harmless arachnids overall, despite their scary spindly legs. They can maintain ecological balance by eating flying insects that come their way.
Thought Co. adds that their populations increase during warm weather which spells bad news for your plants as they can completely obliterate them.
Small holes in your crops are telltale signs of a cabbage looper infestation. If you maintain cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, you definitely want to get rid of these chunky bugs.
The good news is that you can remove them safely by hand, and without the use of harmful pesticides.
Fallen leaves, distorted plant growth, and mold growth are signs of an aphid infestation.
The Spruce points out that they may be difficult to identify because their appearance varies in color, size, and shape. However, they’re usually rounded and look like fungal growth.
They are also difficult to remove, especially in their adult stage. It’s best to spray them with pesticide during their “crawler stage.”
Their slimy trail attracts other slugs, which means an infestation can quickly occur. Lastly, slugs are disease carriers that can infect pets and humans alike.
Jenn koziol says
Thank you for all the great info!
Chad Boyd says
It seems the bugs are having a record year here this year!
Thank you for all of the gardening inspiration. I have always had a brown thumb, but a desire to try.
Thank you for this awesome info!
Phyllis Skoglund says
Most of the bugs are harmless and are very good for your garden. This applies to bacteria as well.
Rosanne Clark says
I like ladybugs
sara crisco says
Thanks for all the great info!
Kathryn Finn says
Rely polys are my favorite.
Monica M says
Great info even though I hate bugs 🙂
Good to know the friendlies from the pests
Some bugs are creepy looking but glad to know there is good in all.
jenna brown says
thanks for the helpful info! i like ladybugs alot, also fireflies.
Sandra McFadden says
Thanks for sharing. I knew a few were good bugs and was unaware of some of the other bugs being bad as I have no encounters with them when I garden.
Susan P. says
I like having spiders in my garden. I didn’t know that slugs are disease carriers.
Liz Kilcher says
i love ladybugs
Rose Reeder says
Thanks for the info, we need bugs for our gardens even we don’t like them.
Diane Warstler says
Very interesting information. I still like ladybugs the best!
Thank you for a great informative article
I’ve had slugs for years. Never knew they could cause harm to animals and pets. Once more, you’ve taught me something I did not know.
Bradley Marquis says
karen humphries says
I love lady bugs! Not only are they beneficial, but they are so adorable!
good bugs help with your garden in a good way
Betty Flinchbaugh says
Thank you for your great advise!
I do not like those nasty little aphids thank goodness for lady bugs..
Rena Walter says
Thank you for this interesting information. Lady Bugs are our favorite.
Janis C says
Ladybugs are my favorite. One landed on me yesterday.
Jill H says
I like lady bugs and the dragon flies I have been seeing
Kim Avery says
The only bug that bugs me are mosquitos! The rest i can coexist with!
Justan Jenkins says
Amber Lee Kolb says
I’ve always loved lady bugs and I’ve been told in the past they are good luck. I had no idea about the other insects in the garden, I thought they were all pests! Thank you for the awesome information!
Anita Hamilton says
We do the beer in a saucer to get rid of some slugs.
Crystal Abel says
I love ladybugs, orb weaver spiders, dragonflies, and butterflies!