Every avid gardener will tell you how important it is to sort the beneficial bugs from the bad bugs. Here at Catch-it Pest Control, we’re gearing up for summer with plenty of garden pest control (London), to keep your gardens filled with the good guys.
Along with your normal home pest control, you may be interested in pest proofing your garden as well. So it’s important to know the good ones from the bad ones. Below we’ve put together a few beneficial insects you might be able to utilise to beat garden pests, and a few examples of what pests they can eliminate for you.
Green fingered gardeners across the country sing the praises of ladybirds. You never hear a bad word about them. They are extremely helpful for those who love to garden. This is because they feast on the pests that destroy your plants. Most commonly, their favourite food is aphids. They may also chow down on mealy bugs and mites if the mood takes them. They are the pest controllers of the insect world.
The word wasp may sound strange here, because they tend to be an insect that is mostly feared for their vicious sting. However, these wasps are tiny. And the added benefit is they are completely harmless to us as well. The pests in our gardens however will be shaking in their boots. These wasps lay their eggs in the larvae and eggs of pests like tomato hornworms and cutworms. This means that these don’t hatch as destructive bugs, but as wasp superheroes who will then go on and do the job again.
If you have a compost bin in your garden you will have experienced the annoyance of buzzing houseflies. They are constantly flying around these heaps in droves hoping to find something tasty to land on. This is where the fly parasite comes in. They feast on stable flies and house flies and are actually considered tiny wasps and not flies at all. We all would prefer a more fly free garden, so the fly parasites are okay in our books.
Everyone knows how great spiders are at catching flies. Spider proofing your home may be something you do, but your garden should be left open to these eight-legged wonders. They build their webs, catch the flies and have them for their dinner. So if they are in your garden, don’t disturb them. They’re helping you out.