Invite These Pest Predators Into the Garden

The key is to cater to the needs of these beneficial creatures year-round.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Steve Groh

Beneficial Ladybug Loves to Eat Garden Aphids

Ladybugs love to eat aphids. Nuture a healthy population of ladybugs in the garden by providing a good variety of dry places for them to gather and overwinter.

Lacewings and Their Larvae are Garden Guardians

Lacewings and their larvae are valuable allies that feast on aphids and other insect pests. Lure them into the garden with a range of nectar rich flowers that bloom at different times.

Frogs and Toads Stay on Slug Control in Garden

Frogs and toads like damp and shady nooks and crannies to hide in during the day, and some need water for breeding in spring. In return, they will hunt for slugs in the cool of the night.

Ladybug Larvae are Welcome Pest Predators

Ladybug larvae have an insatiable appetite for aphids and other insect pests and their eggs, making these small, black, orange striped larvae welcomed garden guests.

Aphid Eating Larvae of the Hoverfly

Hoverfly larvae can consume hundreds of aphids before they popate. Attract the adults with flowering plants and they will reward you by laying their eggs in the garden.

Thrushes are Snail Eating Songbirds

Song thrushes eat snails by cracking their shells on large stones, so place a few around the garden. Also provide them with berry bearing shrubs in winter when insects are scarce.

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are beneficial in the garden for going after pest bugs.