Gardening season is well under way. Unfortunately, along with the fun and excitement that comes with growing plants in the backyard, gardeners will also have to deal with the common threat that comes from garden pests.

Unless you are very lucky, it is common to have insects like caterpillars, aphids, and mealy bugs roaming your garden for food and shelter. The easiest and most effective solution to get rid of these pests would be to use some sort of chemical pesticide. However, there are many notable impacts of pesticide that should deter you from using it in your garden. For one, it would mean the fruits, veggies, and herbs you are growing in your garden are no longer safe to be eaten. One alternative method you could use would be to employ the beneficial insects. Not all insects are bad. There are some good ones out there that'll eat the unwanted pests and leave your plants alone. In the following infographic by Organic Lesson, you can learn about seven beneficial insects and the types of pests they are most effective against.

 

Outside of predatory insects like the praying mantis and spider, there are many other bugs that can become your garden ally. In the list, the bug that may surprise people the most is the ladybug. These bugs may have a peaceful appearance but they can do an amazing job of eradicating aphid infestations in the garden or backyard. Did you know that ladybugs can consume more than 5,000 aphids during their lifetime? Other notable beneficial insects include the ground beetle, minute pirate bug, and the green lacewing. They may not have an enticing appearance but if you are dealing with pests like slugs, caterpillars, and mealybugs then introducing such insects is a great way to naturally maintain your garden over the long-haul.

 

Before you introduce any of these bugs to your garden, make sure the habitat and climate is suited for them and there is a sizable pest population for them to feast on. It may also not be such a bad idea to let your neighbours know about your grand plan. Who knows? They may be facing the same problems as you are in their garden and may be more than happy to invest their time and effort into maintaining the population of beneficial insects.

 

A big thank you to Sam from Organic Lessons for writing this blog for us, if this has interested you, check out there website at:
http://www.organiclesson.com/ 

 

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