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Beneficial Insects

Insects may be the way to the existence of many a gardener. The gardeners are constantly finding themselves trying to fight against pests in common with the products purchased in the store or a wide selection of home insecticides. However, many of these insects is very beneficial for gardeners to have around.

Insects can be divided into roughly three categories: predators, pollinators, and parasites. Aid in pollinating pollination of flowers in the garden, an important task in the production of fruits and vegetables. Carnivores eat other insects and parasites that live on the body or inside other insects or parasites, eventually causing death.

The most common insect, and some gardeners claim to be the most beneficial, the ladybug. Ladybugs have a voracious appetite for aphids and some even to dust mites and other insects to scale. Ladybugs, if not too abundant in your garden, can be purchased, sometimes in the garden supply stores or online.

Also commonly found in the garden is the praying mantis. These insects gardeners easy to see insects and catch them off guard with his front paws. The beetles also be very beneficial in the garden, as it addresses a variety of insects, while the thief steals are mortal enemies of grasshoppers and wasps.

Flies such as tachinid, are parasites of other insects. They lay their eggs in the bodies of other insects. When the eggs hatch the larvae inside the body of insects and eat the internal organs.

Lacewings are predatory insects also. Many gardeners use lacewings to control a variety of insects foul. The caterpillars, mealybugs, aphids, mites, mites and some are a feast for the lacewings very tasty.

Many of these predatory insects may also contribute to the fight against mosquitoes. These insects not only eat the insects themselves, but the larvae as well.

Pollinators such as bees and wasps flying around the garden and to distribute the pollen. For fruit and vegetables and flowers can occur, your garden, contain certain pollinators.

If you plan to use some kind of insect (chemical pesticides, or home-cooked product) Remember, these do not distinguish between harmful and useful insects.

If you want to buy beneficial insects to your garden, lets you choose the insect to be controlled, and gives you options of insects to help control unwanted invaders. 4500 beetles start at around $ 30.00 and covers up to one acre, which are very affordable.

When you purchase these insects to release in your garden there are a few key points to remember. You must wait about three weeks after using any chemical form of insect control in your garden before releasing insects. It is also a good idea to release insects at night, because they are more sedentary in the evening. Before releasing the insects, water your plants. Insects are more likely to stay around your garden if they have something to drink.