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Good Bugs

How to Keep the Good Bugs in Your Garden

By Arlene Wright Correll

All of us who garden and who are eco-conscious try to figure out ways to eliminate the bad bugs in our gardens. Those slugs and bugs who not only eat up our flowers and veggies, but just give us the creepy crawlers when we see them.

Gone are the days of DDT and many other chemicals we used way back when we did not know any better. We must remember that even today, pesticides not only kill the “bad” bugs, but the “good” bugs also.

We can buy “good” bugs for our gardens or we can invite them into our gardens by growing plants that attract “good” bugs and let them eat the “bad” bugs. Companies sell beetles that are in hibernation; when they wake up in your garden, they’re not likely to stick around. The first response of any hibernating creature when it wakes up is to disperse, so the beetles fly away rather than staying in your backyard. So it makes more sense to me to grow plants that attract the bugs and beetles you want.

Some of the “good” bugs are as follows:

Lady Bugs

Syrphid Flies

Praying Mantis



 

 

 

It makes more sense to me to grow plants that attract the bugs and beetles you want.

 

 


 

 
 
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