Lady beetles are an effective control for aphids, thrips, and whiteflies.
I go to great lengths to attract butterflies and birds to my gardens. That’s why, when occasional pest problems arise, I rely on natural means to combat them rather than on chemical remedies that can be harmful to butterflies and birds. By natural means I’m referring to beneficial insects. These bugs are the natural enemies of the pests I’m trying to control. Besides being a less toxic pest control solution, beneficial insects are more effective than chemical remedies over the long term at controlling and preventing pest outbreaks.
These beneficial insects, or good bugs, are already part of the natural ecosystem in my garden, but I add to their populations to ensure that there are enough of them to control certain pest problems effectively. While they occasionally nibble on a few butterfly eggs or larvae, it’s a small price to pay for the numerous benefits of having these insects roaming my garden, patrolling for damaging pests. While beneficial insects are not a cure-all, they are a safe, wildlife-friendly, and highly effective tool for gardeners to use against many common garden pests.
Click here to see a video of the author releasing beneficial insects in his garden.