How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Control Garden Pest
This photo shows a picture of a ladybug that is a beneficial insect feeding on mealybugs that feeds on garden plants.
It is a true garden fact for those of us who spend time in the great outdoors as we connect with nature, face the challenge of having to wage war on those garden pest known as the bad bugs.
I have faced these garden pest many times before, nothing like having a garden that is growing so beautiful and then it almost knocks you off your feet to see that there is some uninvited guest that has moved in and is making a feast of your garden plants.
Because of these garden pest, many methods of controlling these bad bugs have been applied to bring relief to the home and business owners.
In this article, we will be looking at ways on how to attract beneficial insects to control garden pests.
The insect population is so vast that it outnumbers us by far, not to worry though there isn’t going to be an insect invasion if there was one we sure would have a war on our hands.
There are billions and billions of insects upon planet earth, in fact, I was told by one of my mentors many years ago that for every human there are about one million insects now that is a lot of insects.
Also every year the agriculture industry losses millions of dollars worth of crop because of these garden pest.
This photo shows mealybugs, mealybugs are a garden pest that destroys our plants
The bad bugs are insects that destroy our beautiful garden plants turning our once beautiful gardens into a graveyard.
The good bugs are also known as the beneficial insects. These bugs patrol and protects our garden plants, these bugs are like the police of our gardens killing and feeding on the bad bugs ensuring our plant’s safety.
Working with the good guys
Connecting and working with beneficial insects to bring about garden success is not hard at all. All it takes is knowing how and the war will fall in our favor.
The use of using beneficial insects in our gardens to control garden pests is called biological control.
Tips for working hand in hand with beneficial insects
1. Choose plants that will attract beneficial insect. In the section below we will be looking at a list of plants that attract these insects. Install these plants among your garden plants to encourage or attract these insects.
2. Even though for many, chemicals may be the first option, the truth of the matter is chemicals can cause more harm than good because chemicals will not only eliminate the bad bugs but the good bugs also.
If you must use chemicals only use those that target specific pest. Broad spectrum pesticide, in this case, is not a good choice because once beneficial insects come in contact with these insecticides the will be eliminated. That’s why these sprays are called broad spectrum because they take care of a whole range of insects.
This photo shows a parasitic wasp that is a beneficial insect laying its eggs inside the body of a caterpillar that destroys garden plants.
3. Plant a variety of plants in your garden, they should also be of different height. This makes your garden more inviting to our insect friends.
4. Providing a water source will not only attract beneficial insects but will also keep them in your garden. In a medium size plastic bowl add some water and fill almost to the top. Place a rock in the plastic bowl of water, rock should be large enough so that top part of the rock is above water. This also provides a resting place for beneficial insects.
Here is a link to additional information on beneficial. Releasing and keeping beneficial insects in your garden.
Garden plants that attract beneficial insects
Here are the names of some garden plants that attract beneficial insects.
1. Lemon balm 8. Sunflower 15. Anne’s lace
2. Spearmint 9. Hibiscus 16. Cauliflower
3. Tansy 10. Oleanders 17. Wild carrot
4. Fennel 11. Borage 18. Cilantro
5. Basket of gold 12. Chamomile 19. Garlic
6. Dill 13. Comfrey 20. Calendula
7. Tansy 14. Purple poppy 21. Parsley
Beneficial insects are there to serve us and to make life easier. So let’s invite and make our garden friends feel at home as they are hard at work for us.