Garden-Friendly Bugs

bug_in_hortenciaAre you planting an organic garden? Are you just getting started and uncertain about which pests and bugs should be in your garden? Most organic gardeners are compassionate and don’t want to use fertilizer or chemicals to help their gardens grow — or to ward off pests. But did you know that there is an entire army of garden-friendly bugs that promote the health and growth of your organic garden? These bugs are welcome visitors to your garden, and with a little practice, you’ll begin to recognize them and encourage them to stay around for a little while. Read our guide of listing common garden-friendly bugs that will defend and delight in your organic garden. If you run into a past problem in your organic garden phoenix pest control has organic solutions that won’t harm your crops.

#1: The Damsel Bug

Your organic garden may be in distress – but maybe not for long with the Damsel bug. These brown or silver bugs are slender and blend in with the garden and ground. Damsel bugs love to eat small caterpillars, aphids, thrips and leafhoppers, among other pesky insects threatening the livelihood of your organic garden. They are excellent at keeping those annoying insects and small garden pests at bay. You can introduce them into your garden easily. Damsel bugs love alfalfa fields, so locate a local one and go out into the field with a butterfly net. Your damsels will have your garden under control in no time at all.

#2: The Ground Beetle

Ground beetles are your best bet for getting rid of slimy slugs, 8851560868_d27b29ef49_zcabbage maggots, cutworms and even snails. These industrious garden insect love ground cover, where they live and feed, and they are extremely voracious insect attackers with a healthy appetite. Did you know that one ground beetle larva can consume more than 50 caterpillars? Now that’s a meal! If you want to attract ground beetles to your organic garden, make sure you are planting perennials among your organic garden plants. This gives them a stable ground cover area where they can live and eat.

#3: The Spined Soldier Bug

4687090154_b0714a29f7_zIf you’re army wasn’t already growing to great proportions, then comes the spined soldier bug. This insect looks a lot like the traditional stink bug but you can recognize it because it has a pointed spine, reflecting it’s name. The spined soldier bug loves to eat hairless caterpillars. Note, however that the spined solider bug also loves to eat beetle, so you may want to choose which of these bugs you’d like to see more in your garden. Both the spined soldier bug and the ground beetle are good for getting rid of caterpillars.

#4: The Aphid Midge

The aphid midge is a very small fly with extremely long legs, and it loves to feed on other aphids. In fact, the aphid midge makes its diet out of more than 60 species of aphids. It’s method? The aphid midge has toxic saliva and uses it to paralyze other aphids. Plants that pollinate are going to be especially attractive to the aphid midge, which is how you can lure them to your organic garden.

#5: The Braconid Wasp

thbvThe braconid wasp is perhaps the most terrifying of garden-friendly insects for your organic garden – if only for the way it destroys its prey! The adult female braconid wasp will lay her eggs into pesky insects, including moths, aphids and beetles. These insects them become the “host” in which the braconid wasp does her work. From there the braconid wasp’s larvae will feed inside the insects and the insects will die. If you want to attract the braconid wasp, plant nectar plants that bloom small flowers. Yarrow, wild carrot, parsley and dill are all great options.