Attract Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

For all-natural pest control, encourage beneficial bugs (the kind that like to eat garden pests) to alight on your plot of land.

| June/July 2012

  • Adult lacewings are light green or brown and one-half to 1 inch long with transparent wings.
    Illustration by Keith Ward
  • Eat ‘em up: Tapping the support of beneficial insects is one of our best tools for natural pest control. Protect herbal favorites like catmint.
    Photo by zorani
  • Predatory bugs include big-eyed (shown here), minute pirate, assassin, damsel and even certain predatory stink bugs.
    Illustration by Keith Ward

Not all of the bugs in your garden are pests. Many are helpful crawlers that can eliminate those “bad insects” that love to make your lives miserable, feasting on your favorite herbs for dinner. Discover which bugs are on your side (such as the non-stinging braconid wasp or the hard-shelled ground beetle), and which bugs are not. Then, learn how to build the perfect habitat that will make these beneficial bugs set up camp in your garden for good.

Enlisting an army of insect helpers maintains year-round pest control, no pesticide needed.

Read the original article, Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control.

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