We all know as gardeners that some bugs and insects can be hurtful to your plants and flowers; what you may not have known is that some bugs and insects can be beneficial to your plants and flowers as well.
It’s not many, but here are just a few bugs and insects that can help your plants and flowers continue growing and being healthy.
The Green Lacewing feeds off plants drinking honeydew, nectar, and pollen. But the real benefit of the Green Lacewing is that it keeps the population of other bugs and insects down. It takes care of the nasty bugs that are harmful to your plants.
Like the green Lacewing, the Praying Mantids is a bug that kills and keeps the population of other bugs down. Mantids kill bugs and insects quickly; It kills the larvae of other insects and attacks caterpillars. Mantids are like the lions of the insect world. They are predators who take no mercy on other bugs.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, not all beetles are destructive. The ground beetle is the perfect example of that. They kill cutworms, maggots, and flies which are probably the most harmful to plants. They also help vegetables grow.
When you think of a pirate, you usually think of a swashbuckler. Well, the same can be said for pirate bugs. They not only keep the bug and insect population down, but they are perfect for house and garden plants.
Syrphid flies kind of look like bees. If you didn’t know the difference between the two, you’d think it was a bee. Another similarity between Syrphid and bees is that they pollinate flowers which can help grow flowers.
A job of an assassin is to take care of business, generally by killing something. Well, that’s the job of the Assassin Bugs. They kill other bugs, help with the pollination of plants and help with reproduction. Be careful around them, though, because they do bite.
The Predatory bugs or the excellent garden bugs are just that; good for your plants. Their main job is to kill bugs like beetles, grubs, caterpillars. They aren’t the cutest looking bugs (but how many bugs are), but they are beneficial to your garden.
Wasp is also beneficial. That may come as a surprise because Wasp is considered a pesky insect because they sting people, but in the plant world, they are beneficial. Wasp takes care of aphids and cutworms, and they increase soil aeration and filtration. So before you decide to kill that wasp nest near your house, you may want to consider how helpful they are to your plants and flowers.
Last but certainly not least are bumblebees. We all know that bees have always helped pollinate flowers, but they are also known to kill other bugs like many other bugs and insects on this list.
Insects and bugs have always played a part in either plant’s destruction or growth; the key is knowing what bugs and insects are helpful. Not every bug you see on your plants or flowers is terrible. A lot of them are suitable for your plants and help their growth.
But you have to be aware too of what bugs and insects are good for them and know when to take action if needed.
Before you decide whether or not this bug is harmful to your plants are flowers, do your research and ask questions before you do unnecessary harm to your plants and flowers.