Beneficial Garden Insects

Beneficial Garden Insects

Insects can be helpful as well as harmful. Helpful insects control the populations of harmful insects while harmful insects destroy gardens, property, and infest your home. Aphids, potato bugs, whiteflies, slugs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers can invade your property and cause the aforementioned damage. Gardens provide a complex and diverse ecosystem of insects and beneficial insects can prevent an overflow of pests. This article will help detail the helpful bugs you might find and the harmful bugs they prey on. Ladybug Of all the beneficial garden insects, ladybugs are among the most well-known. Their shells range from the iconic red, yellow and orange, always complete with black spots. Ladybugs eat aphids, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles. Aphids and whiteflies will bite into the stem of a plant and drink the sap, leaving open wounds that don’t heal and can eventually lead to the death of the plant.… Read Full...
Lubber Grasshopper Control

Lubber Grasshopper Control

It just never seems to fail. After answering a friends email about finding lubber grasshoppers in her yard I am shocked to then find them in mine!  See this lovely clivia flower? Look closely at the black insects all over the flowers and you will see why it caught my attention. I waited several years for my first orange flower and I was not about to let it be eaten by these nasty lubbers. I only found a few in my yard, and they all seemed to be concentrated on this plant. In that case, the easiest control was simply to fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and knock them all into it. For the bunch that was on the single leaf I just cut that part off and threw it in the bucket.  … Read Full Post
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