FIND OUT HOW TO ATTRACT BENEFICIAL INSECTS INTO THE GARDEN

FIND OUT HOW TO ATTRACT BENEFICIAL INSECTS INTO THE GARDEN

Beneficial insects such as ladybugs are a great help to the gardener because they act as natural pest controllers. For instance ladybugs consume large numbers of aphids and so protect plants like roses which suffer from these pests. Spring is a good time to think about planting to encourage beneficial insects as Candice Miller explains in this article which I found on the University of Illinois Extension website.

Beneficial insects are a great asset to have in the garden, said Candice Miller University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.
?Beneficial insects are naturally occurring insects that help control garden pests, whether by eating the pest, eating the pest?s eggs, or parasitizing the pest,? said Candice Miller. ?Lady bird beetles for example, are a great beneficial insect to have in the garden because both the larvae and adults feed on soft-bodied pests like aphids, and are able to help control an infestation in the garden.
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?There are also various parasitic wasps that lay their eggs inside pests like aphids or tomato hornworms. The larvae develop inside the pest, essentially killing it from the inside out.?
So how can you attract these naturally occurring beneficials to your garden?

See more at University of Illinois Extension

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