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Beneficial Insects for Your Omaha Garden

Beneficial Insects for Your Omaha Garden | Arbor Hills Trees omaha

Beneficial insects for your Omaha garden are used to control the population of harmful insects. Especially when it comes to organic gardening. This type of gardening does not use any chemical pesticides to curb the activity of the unwanted pests. So to control these the organic gardener uses their natural predators. The trick is to learn which are the Beneficial Insects for Your Omaha Garden.

Beneficial Insects for Your Omaha Garden

Mention the word insect or bug and some people shudder. Or the thought may occur that the bug that will damage plants. Think of the hard earned money you just spent on your plants. You will know what I mean! I have discovered that are many of them that help your Omaha garden rather than harm it. They actually devour the harmful ones and helps your plants grow normally and thrive. Check out the list below to see some of the species of beneficial insects. You will find they help with your gardening efforts:

Ladybugs

These should be at the top of your list of insects to have living in your garden. They feed on aphids (often called plant lice) for one thing. Even their larvae eat up the aphids in large numbers. One ladybug can consume as many as 5,000 aphids during its lifespan. The adults can have bodies that are from yellow to red with very distinctive spots. Plus there are even some black ones. They give off a foul-smelling fluid when they are bothered. As a result they can scare off predators.

Hover Flies

These are another predator of harmful insects. They are so named because they can hover in mid-flight and then fly off again. They eat thrips, scales, caterpillars, and aphids just to mention some of the insects.

Ground Beetles

They are either shiny brown or blue black in color. They love some type of shelter to live under such are rocks or logs. These beetles will eat cutworms, snails, root maggots and more. If you have the sheltering for them they are easily attracted to your garden.

Lacewings

They are brown or light green. They can be recognized but their good-sized wings with very distinctive veining. The adults and their larvae search over the plants in your garden to feed on insect eggs, aphids and more. They hide under debris to protect themselves.

Plants that Attract Insects

Some plants will attract insects more than others. Below is a partial list for some examples:

  • Anise
  • Blanket Flower
  • Broccoli in the flowering stage
  • Candytuft
  • Catnip
  • Dandelion
  • Goldenrod
  • Lavender
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sunflowers
  • White Clover
  • Zinnias

Many other plants will attract insects. These are just some examples for you to see. Grow enough of these types of plants and you will encourage the helpful insects to come live in your garden.

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