There are a lot of misconceptions going around right now as to whether or not you should be worried about a pest or if it is rather useful in your garden or yard. We will differentiate between the good and bad in the field of pests and how to identity them. Spraying these will counteract their positive effect and poison your plants. Utilizing them to your advantage will prevent money wasted on pesticides that are harmful for health and the environment. These bugs can keep bad bugs at bay and even help your plants flourish.
Common good pests include:
- Praying mantis: These creatures eat almost anything that damages your garden, like aphids.
- Ground Beetles: They eat bugs that destroy your plants, like slugs.
- Bees: A very useful pollinator!
- Dung Beetles: They consume dung from cows and control fly populations.
- Ladybugs: They protect your plants from harmful bugs in high numbers. They have a red, spotted back.
- Green Lacewings: they control the population of soft-bodied bugs in your garden.
- Spined Soldier Bugs: These also control harmful bug populations with their foul odor. They are a yellow orange color.
- Bats: They also eat your bad insects.
Here is a picture to help you determine which kind of insect you are looking at.
Some bad pests to look out for include:
- Grasshoppers: they will eat anything in sight in your garden. They don’t like water, so a hose is a good way to keep them away.
- Lawn grubs: these often cause the brown spots in a lawn during the winter to summer season.
- Slugs and snails: They are a problem even in wet environments where they will hide in the shady lip of a plant pot.
- Aphids: a serious problem, they bugs feast on soft green stems, leaves and buds of plants. Ants farm them for milk, so a trail of ants is a good indication to find them.
- Cockroach: they breed very rapidly in bark and wood chip mulch, so use lucern or hay mulch to kill them instead of a poison that will harm other good populations.
- Mosquitos: they gather in water soaked buckets, so flip these upside down instead.
It is crucial to be careful and not confuse good bugs with bad bugs. Be smart about your use of pesticides when dealing with bad bugs and seek natural methods when possible. If necessary, contact a pest control specialist.