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5 Insects That Are Good For Your Garden

Not all insects are bad. In fact, some insects are classified as “good,” in that they help keep other bug populations under control. “Good” insects are great biological forms of pest control for your garden, as they will eat the other “bad” bugs before they can eat your plants. Below we’ll discuss the top 5 insects that are good for your garden.

Ladybugs

 

Ladybugs

Ladybugs are the most common insects used for biological pest control in home gardens. The familiar red-and-black polka dotted critters feast on aphids, tearing through a colony rather quickly. Even ladybug larvae can consume 100 aphids per hour. Ladybugs can help control other insect outbreaks, such as spider mites and scale insects.

The best way to lure ladybugs to your garden is by planting plants that they attracted to, such as dill, angelica, and cilantro. You can also buy a colony of ladybugs to release in your garden.

Green Lacewings

 

Green lacewings

Adult lacewings tend to prefer nectar and pollen, but their larvae absolutely love aphids, making green lacewing larvae a fantastic way to control your garden’s aphid population. Adult lacewings don’t get along with one another, which is why they’re sold as eggs – you can add them to your garden and enjoy the benefits of having their larvae present.

Nematodes

 

Nématode

Nématode (Photo credit: cquintin)

If you want to kill pests below the soil, nematodes are the way to do it. These tiny, colorless roundworms wiggle their way into grubs, weevils, and beetles, effectively killing them with parasitic bacteria within days. You must be careful with nematodes, though – some will attack plant roots, and others can cause disease in humans.

Honeybees

 

Honeybee

Gardens wouldn’t be able to survive without honeybees. Honeybees are responsible for ensuring that your garden is properly pollinated. Honeybees are naturally drawn to plant life, although if you want to help the pollination process along, you can purchase or rent a honeybee hive for your yard. Not only will it support the growth of your plants, it will also provide you with a steady supply of fresh honey.

Praying Mantises

 

Praying mantis

Next to ladybugs, praying mantises are the second best known “good” bug used for biological pest control purposes. This graceful insect is deadly to most bugs, and unlike other insects that are good for your garden, mantises prey on more than just aphids – they will eat anything they catch. In fact, some larger species have even been known to eat fish, lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, and rodents. The ones in your garden probably won’t be that big, though, so they’ll stick with catching and eating fellow bugs.

Maintaining a healthy garden can be a challenge, but with the help of these insects, you’re well on your way to enjoying a happy, healthy, pest-free garden.

About the author: Chris is an associate for a NJ pest control company.

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September 10, 2013 at 6:34 am Comments (0)

Storage Units And Insects

Storage UnitsSelf-storage units and public storage lockers have many obvious benefits. There is always a need for extra space and the benefit of having an uncluttered house drives many to take advantage of this option. In many cases, items are packed up without much thought and dropped into an aluminum locker. There is usually no more time spend on the storage unit once the lease is signed and door is closed. Once treasured personal belongings are now sitting, alone in the dark, never to be heard from again. Well, so maybe it is not all that dramatic. But, there are some unpleasant things that can happen when personal belongings are haphazardly left in storage. The problems are actually twofold. The first would be due to owner neglect, and the second would be due to dilapidated facilities.

Owner Neglect

Some people simply do not take care to thoughtfully pack items in preparation for storage. This is a fairly easy fix, and just requires some time and diligence. There are a few common sense ways to protect items from damage during packing, moving and storing. Any glass or delicate items should be properly cushioned in newspaper, bubble wrap or even blankets to protect them from accidental breakage. To prevent clothing from being eaten by moths or made into a home by other insects, place them in airtight container or use moth balls throughout the unit as a deterrent to bugs. Clearly label each box, tote or bag to indicate what contents are inside and if any special instructions (such as “fragile” or “flammable”) apply. Finally, do not use any boxes that once contained food to store any objects that insects may be remotely interested in exploring. Even aged scents may attract new insects for vermin to a storage unit.

Dead RoachesNeglected Facilities

Although property owners have the best of intentions, not every compound can be a Keyport Self Storage. Beyond that, there are certain unavoidable effects of aging. Once solid building structures can become corrupt over time by weather, misuse, mistreatment, and infestations. Some of these issues area avoidable, but some are just par for the course and a part of nature that must be accepted. For example, rust occurs when metals are constantly exposed to the elements and oxidation forms. This can be regularly treated through cleaning processes, proper irrigation and special paints that are rust resistant. However, nothing can fully prevent rust from forming. It is up to the property management to keep an eye on the affected areas and make any necessary adjustments and maintenance to the property. Rusty buildings create holes that small rodents and large insects can easily enter to wreak havoc on the contents. The most common insects to enter closed in spaces are termites, spiders, water bugs and bees or wasps during nesting season. The cool, dark spaces are ideal for exploration and making webs, nests or cocoons that will not be disturbed. Period and consistent treatments with effective pesticides will eliminate this problem and prevent future infestations. Likewise, educating the public and encouraging renters to understand their responsibilities will help the overall health and longevity of the storage unit and property.

As seen in his G-to-the-Plus zone, Mr. Holdeman helps maintain a marketing business. He grew up in lovely Cali.

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September 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm Comments (0)
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