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    Help keep your garden in check with these good bugs that will help keep away the bad bugs that hurt or eat your plants

     

    1. Ladybugs

    Besides being fun to discover and beautiful to look at, Ladybugs are great for getting rid of “bad bugs.” They feed on aphids, mites, scale, thrips, whiteflies, mealybugs and other slow-moving, soft-bodied insects, larva and eggs. A single ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids during its lifetime. They’ll stay in your garden as long as there’s “food” to eat.

     

    2. Praying Mantis

    These are purchased as “egg cases” that will hatch in your garden. Each egg case with hatch 50 to 200 baby mantids. Watch closely to observe hatching; the egg cases do not change in appearance when this happens. These good bugs are fascinating to watch, with their very slow moving, 3-inch long bodies, and prominent eyes. Praying Mantis feed on anything they can catch.

     

    3. Red Worms

    They aren’t really bugs but red worms are extremely valuable for healthy gardens. Each red worm ingests its weight in organic matter every 24 hours. Its intricate digestive tract makes it possible for the earthworms to excrete highly nutritious fertilizer known as worm castings. They also create tunnels in your soil which is very helpful in creating aeration for plant roots.

     

    4. Green Lacewings

    These good bugs are aphid exterminators, both as larvae and adults. They also feed on mealybugs, scale spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, small caterpillars, insect eggs, and larvae. They are sold as eggs that are perishable so they have to be special ordered.

     

    Learn more about Ladybugs in our Playing in the Dirt Blog >

     


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