The Difference Between Good Bugs and Bad Bugs In Your Garden

| March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

A bug’s life cycle is pretty simple and we really only notice one stage of it. There are 4 stages to a bug’s life. The egg stage is the first, larvae is the stage of feeding on your garden this is where you notice holes in your foliage. Pupa stage changes them the most and adult bugs lay eggs on the underside of leaves.

Why You Need Good and Bad Bugs

Not all bugs in the garden are bad even spiders have their place in the garden. They might not eat much but they catch moths, flies and mosquitoes.

Identification of good and bad bugs should be learnt so you can understand management of fertilizers, insecticides, etc.

If you have identified a bad bug correctly look for evidence of natural predators instead of going straight for the store bought non organic insecticide. Because mother nature has her own way of doing things organically. Monitoring a problem will show if it is starting or ending.

Beneficial insects are mostly in a garden with great diversity and garden diversity creates the best habitat for all wildlife. I Grow lots of different flowers and plants, but growing natives of the area that you live in will work well. That’s what our wildlife needs to sustain life is a naturally native environment.

The Bad Bug Skinny

A quick rundown on some bad bugs, aphids are soft bodied, very small bugs that come in all sorts of colours and sizes. Bronze orange bug is found on citrus sucking the sap of the new growth.

Cabbage moth and cabbage white butterfly lava’s feed on leaves usually at night. Fruit fly are a major pest and should be controlled. Mealy bugs are commonly found indoors as they have no enemies inside.

Good bugs are the hover fly it looks like a bee and is a great pollinator and eats aphids galore the more the merry. Lady beetles love to eat aphids and powdery mildew, native bees in the garden means that you have a good balanced organic garden.

Praying mantis will eat up to half their size. Centipedes will eat slugs and snails. Beneficial insects help the garden by eating bad bugs, pollinating flowers and vegetables.

Problems You Might Have In The Garden

Some other problems in the garden can be such as Powdery mildew is a fungus that is difficult to control and highly contagious. Rust is a fungal disease that is identified by spore sacks on the underside of leaves. Sooty mould is controlled by controlling the aphids that are giving off the honey dew that the mould feeds off.

So Keep spraying of any kind to a minimum unless its organic. Mother nature does not need non organic sprays to help her control her environment. And poisons are certainly a no no, do not spray any poisons.

When I’m in the garden I try to be mindful of all the creatures in my environment great and small. They all have their part to play in having and living in a sustainable environment. Jackie Frenches Natural Control of Garden Pests, in any edition is a great read.

As always love what you grow. Enjoy!


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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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