Garden Pest Control
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Hoverflies vary enormously. Larger species are sometimes confused with wasps, despite their hovering flight. Adults pollinate flowers and crops, and most larvae have a good appetite for aphids and other pests. Adults prefer yellow, orange, and white blooms.
Lacewing adults are most often seen seeking shelter indoors in autumn. Provide cover as for ladybugs. Green lacewing larvae, called aphid lions, also have a voracious appetite for other pests.
Thrushes are one of the few birds that eat snails. Most birds, including seedeaters, feed nestlings on insects and caterpillars. Encourage them with a year-round water supply, supplementary food, and roosting and nesting sites.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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