As a pest control company, we spend a lot of our time telling you how to eliminate prevent bugs from getting into your yard. Today we want to take a look at some insects that are helpful to have around. These are the insects that you want to see, perhaps not in your house, but in your garden, they can be quite useful. These are the bugs that either help your garden to grow or keep the pests including other bugs at bay. Below is our list of the helpful insects that provide the most assistance for (and beneficial to) humans.
Topping our list of helpful insects are bees. Bees in particular are quite helpful to humans. In fact, they are essential to human survival. Honeybees are important because they are responsible for a great deal of pollination. That pollination is what allows our food crops to propagate. This not only allows us to continue to eat fruit and vegetables, but it also provides the feed necessary for the animals that we consume as well. Not to mention they make honey, which is used as food, medicine, and even in beauty products around the world.
The Praying Mantis is well known for its unique appearance and stance. But do not underestimate this small creature. The praying mantis is a renowned predator that is useful for keeping other bugs out of your garden. Having a praying mantis around will help to control the population of grubs, aphids, grasshoppers, flies, crickets, and more.
Small, colorful, and fascinating, these little beetles have a rapidly declining population in the United States. This is unfortunate as ladybugs, or lady beetles in some parts of the country, are extremely efficient at controlling the populations of aphids, mites, lice, mealybugs, and many other small nuisance insects.
Not just a pretty decorative style, dragonflies are yet another insect that eats other insects. In fact, a single dragonfly can eat 30 mosquitoes in a single day. If that is not reason enough to keep these insects around, we do not know what is. To make them even more beneficial, they also eat moths, fruit flies, houseflies, whiteflies, and a variety of other insects.
Besides being beautiful and graceful to watch, butterflies are also quite helpful to humans. Butterflies, like bees, are excellent pollinators. As they flit from one flower to another, perching long enough to feed on the nectar then move on, butterflies carry pollen along with them, further encouraging plant reproduction.
Lacewings, in addition to having a really cool name, are quite pretty with their glassy appearance. They are the top destroyer of aphids and whiteflies. They accomplish this by laying their eggs in the larvae or colonies. Then the lacewing larvae eat the whiteflies and aphids. In order to keep lacewings around in your garden, you should regularly treat for ants. Ants are known to protect aphids and whiteflies. By keeping the ant population under control, you ensure that lacewings are able to reproduce and have prey to feed to their larvae.