Melinda's Garden Moment: Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden


      Joinforces with nature and increase garden productivity, while keeping garden pestsunder control.

      Honeybees pollinate our flowers, areessential for much of our food production and plant reproduction. But other insects like the hummingbird mothdo the same. Many garden flowers likebee balm and phlox help bring them to your garden.

      Growa few plants to attract predatory insects to your landscape. Dill and its relativesattract parasitic wasps; coreopsis brings in the aphid-eating lacewings; andmilkweed attracts lady beetles as well as monarch butterflies. Add some hyssopto attract the pirate bugs that eat thrips, spider mites and leafhoppers andmembers of the aster family to attract spiders that eat a variety of insects.

      Andavoid pesticides that kill both the good and bad insects in the garden.

      The small Trichogramma wasp helps keep harmful caterpillars like cabbage wormsunder control. The adult lays its eggsin the caterpillar eggs, preventing the caterpillar eggs from hatching andfeeding on the plants. These wasps alsoattack gypsy moths, tomato hornworm, cutworms, codling moths, armyworms, cornborers, fruitworms, and cane borers.

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