What Bugs Are Good For Plants?
Maybe you’ve read about the top pest preventative plants, but now you’re curious about which bugs are best for plants in general. Maybe you simply want to know if you have a pest infestation. Regardless, there are some bugs that our plants could benefit from for a lot of reasons. Having the ability to let nature control nature is the most authentic way of protecting your plants without using chemicals.
Bugs come in all different shapes, sizes and are genuinely created differently from one another. There are some that you will never be able to see with the naked eye or even with a microscope. Some of these tiny pests can wreak havoc on your plants even if you maintain them properly.
For issues like this, we turn to a more hands-off approach and rely on the food chain and nature to protect our plants. We’ve been using this biological control method for centuries now. It still holds to be a handy and eco-friendly tactic for protecting plants.
It’s a real win-win for you and the predator plant because they get to eat while you have a healthy plant. Understanding which bugs are beneficial for your plants can mean the difference between having a healthy plant population and an actual pest problem. All of our A-1 Bonded Termite technicians can spot and identify bugs that are both harmful and helpful when it comes to your plant’s life. They can help you get ahead of a potential pest infestation before it becomes detrimental to you or your plants.
Here is a list of bugs that you should leave alone if found in or around your plants because they’re standing on the same side of you and your plants.
Aside from their natural beauty, when we find Ladybugs on our plants, the last thing we want to do is kill them. Yes, they add a great aesthetically pleasing touch, but what you don’t see is what else they’re providing.
Ladybugs are well-known for eating aphids, a devastatingly invasive insect that is notorious for killing plants and other damaging insects. On average, they’ll consume up to 60 aphids a day, which is a severe helping hand because aphids colonies can grow significantly.
If you come across a ladybug on your plants, the best thing for you and the bug is to leave them be mere.
Unlike their humble looks, the Praying Mantis is anything but peaceful. Praying Mantis are known for the willingness and ability to eat just about anything in their path, including wasps! These bugs act as a superior guardian for your plants because they have a fantastic ability to hunt and blend in with their environment.
On the off chance you catch one of them on your plants, leave them be as they are always on the prowl for their next meal, which could be the same pest that is eating away at your plants!
These bugs provide almost a two-in-one service to our plants. For starters, the females will lay their eggs on other bugs such as the Hornworm, which is notorious for decimating tomato plants. As the eggs hatch, they slowly start to consume the Hornworm, ultimately controlling that population.
Adult Braconid Wasps will also eat other invasive insects such as aphids and garden webworms. When you find a hornworm with white eggs on top of them, it’s best to leave them be because nature is already taking care of it for you.
There isn’t a better bug to have on your side when aphids are taking over your plants. Aphids are inevitable, making this fly useful because they’ll consume over 60 different types of aphids.
The fly actually will continue to populate when consuming aphids and needs them to survive. Aphid Midges will grow their population multiple times during a single growing season, making an aphid infestation easily controllable.
Bumblebees offer an extreme and somewhat necessary service to your plants and the world. They are well-known pollinators and are detrimental to not only your plant’s health but the world’s overall health.
They harvest plant’s pollen and carry baskets back to their hives to be converted into food. In carrying pollen around, they spread other plants’ pollen, which ramps up pollination and necessary plant growth. Bumblebees are mostly protected and should be left alone so they can continue to help our plants and world grow.
Not All Bugs Are Pests
Overall, there are some really beneficial bugs that we can have patrolling our plants. Not all bugs are pests, in fact there are some that are necessary for our plant’s survival. Allowing nature to take the wheel on your plant’s pest control will be the most cost-effective and most eco-friendly way to maintain a healthy plant while yielding the most impact. If you are curious about a bug lurking around your plant, check out our pest library to learn if you should let them stay or send them running!
Contact A-1 Bonded Termite
The A-1 Bonded Termite team is ready to help you and your plants fight off a real pest infestation. First, we provide a complete inspection of your plants to see what bugs can remain and who needs to go. After the initial inspection we develop a custom plan to protect and mitigate future issues. Contact the A-1 Bonded Termite team today at (714) 502-9230 to set up an inspection and ease your worries!