As you pursue your passion of gardening you will learn quickly about the bad insects that feast upon your plants. The common way of ridding these pests is to use insecticides or organic pests controls including homemade brews and non-toxic remedies. These remedies are made of natural ingredients. They include cayenne, garlic, horsetail, or stinging nettles. To use, you simply dilute in water and spray on the pests.
You may or may not beware that you can depend on good bugs to rid your garden of the bad bugs, too. This is truly nature in the good sense.
The Good Guys In The Battle Against Pests
The good bugs that will rid your garden of the bad bugs are common and can be attracted to your garden if you include the plants that attract them. You can, for example, create mini-sanctuaries for the good bugs in a small patch of your garden that is designed to attract and protect them.
Here is a list of nine good bugs that you should become familiar with and perhaps try to attract to your garden. Believe it or not, there are also websites on the Internet where you can buy these insects, have them sent to you and then release them into your garden.
* Damsel Bugs love to feed on such pests as aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, and thrips. You can collect these bugs in alfalfa fields.
* Lacewing larvae like to eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, leafhoppers, insect eggs, and whiteflies. Flowering plants attract them.
(Photos courtesy of: http://www.entomology.wisc.edu)