Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

insects for garden pest control

June 29, 2023 / Comments (1)


Gardening season is well underway. As a gardener, likely, you are already picking your battles with common pest control in the garden including caterpillars, aphids, and ants.

In a situation like this, it will be tempting to use chemical pesticides to eradicate pest problems, but that is a method that you should not resort to. Pesticides can harm the long-term health of your garden soil and more importantly, do a lot of damage to the surrounding ecosystem.

Earlier, we posted some great tips on using essential oils and companion plants to deter pests. To take that one step further, check out the following infographic which covers ways to eradicate pests naturally using beneficial insects.

As the infographic shows, not all insects are bad. There are many good bugs out there that eat the unwanted pests and leave your plants alone. Who would have known that the beautiful ladybug is a great predator against pests like aphids? Beneficial insects are considered a subset of biological control, which is a method of using other living organisms to counter the presence of pests. There are many great benefits to using such a method.

Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

First, they are great cost-savers over the long haul. You don't necessarily have to invest money to get these bugs to roam your garden. If the beneficial insects are native to your area then planting certain flowers and herbs could do the trick to attracting them. For example, ground beetles, which prey on pests like slugs, caterpillars, and cutworms, are known to be attracted to plants like evening primrose and amaranthus.

Second, studies are starting to show that pests are building greater resistance against chemical pesticide products. According to the Pesticide Action Network, over 500 insects and weed species have already developed some form of resistance against pesticides. This list is likely to grow over time. With the use of beneficial insects, you can be comforted with the knowledge that the pests are being eaten so there is nothing they can resist against.

Before you make the decision to introduce the good bugs, make sure you take the following steps. First, do your research and make sure the local climate and vegetation are suitable for the insects. The last thing you want is for the predator to peace out as soon as they are brought to the garden. Second, educate your neighbors on the use of beneficial insects. It would be common for the bugs to move around so the one thing you won't want is for your neighbors to kill them.

Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

If you want to learn more about using beneficial insects then check out Organic Lessons for more information and tips.

Sam Choan is an organic gardener who manages a blog called Organic Lesson, where he shares his knowledge and experience of gardening and sustainability efforts.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 29, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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