There are all kinds of insects in our world. Some are real pests, they destroy our homes and gardens. Some of what bugs you will freak you out and send you running for cover, and some can even make you sick or be deadly.
Yet there are some bugs that are really beneficial to us and our lives. These bugs eat other bugs, pollinate plants and trees, and even cultivate the earth to help our gardens grow nicer.
Before you go grabbing that bottle of pesticide, stop and learn what it is you are trying to remove from your life and what else may be affected in the process.
Here you will find some of the good guys and how they make our lives better.
Ladybugs – Cheaper Than Pesticides
Everyone loves a ladybug, right? They are really cute, but don’t let them fool you — they have strong predatory instincts and a ravenous appetite. One single ladybug will eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. There are over 4,000 different types of ladybugs in the world, varying in shape, size, and color.
Most, but not all of them, are beneficial, especially to your garden. The best ladybugs are the ones that will kill not only aphids but also chinch bugs, bean thrips, grape rootworms, spider mites, mealybugs, and more. Ladybugs are a very inexpensive way to control pests in the garden and are safer and generally just as effective as pesticides. In addition, they are self-renewing — ladybugs will create more ladybugs and the cycle goes on.
You can even mail order ladybugs for your garden, but it’s always best to do what you can to attract the native ladybugs in your area. You can do this by planting heavy pollinators such as sunflowers, butterfly weed, and fennel.
So please check out what type of insects are patrolling your yard before exterminating every bug in site!
For a look at more of the good guys check out this great article from Doityourself.