Beneficial Insects Are Bugs We Love

These great garden helpers keep problematic pests at bay which is why we love these bugs.

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Ladybugs Love to Eat Aphids

Aphids are prodigious plant eaters, but ladybugs live to eat them. To attract ladybugs naturally, consider planting flowers around the garden. Ladybugs are attracted to pollen and the increased availability can draw them in. Another strategy for increasing a ladybug presence is the elimination of pesticides.

Lacewings

Lacewings also prey on aphids. Lacewings are attracted to nectar rich flowers, so plant flowers that bloom at different times to bring them to your garden.

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are beneficial in the garden, trapping troublesome bugs in their webs and also preventing outdoor pests from migrating inside.

Hoverfly Larvae

Hoverfly larvae have an appetite for aphids, too. They can feed on hundreds of aphids before they popate. The adults are attracted to flowering plants.

Ladybug Larvae

Ladybug larvae feast on aphids and other insect pests and their eggs.

Dragonfly

Dragonflies help keep gnat and mosquito populations in check.

Praying Mantis

The praying mantis eats many pest bugs including mites, thrips, flies, aphids, grubs and leafhoppers.

Beautiful Bees

For their role in pollinating plants and flowers, bees are some of the most beneficial insects.