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The Best Guide to the Top 4 Beneficial Insects

Updated on March 11, 2019
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Cosmo Cruz has been Illustrating for 10+ years in freelance graphic design, studying permaculture design, and teaches about super soils.

Beneficial Insects Make Gardens Great

Having beneficial insects in your garden helps boost pollination of plants and creates an immersive homeostasis for our winged friends who are busy cleaning up their new house for you.
Having beneficial insects in your garden helps boost pollination of plants and creates an immersive homeostasis for our winged friends who are busy cleaning up their new house for you.

What Are Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects are any of a number of species of insects that perform valued services like pollination and pest control. The concept of beneficial is subjective and only arises in light of desired outcomes from a human perspective. In this article, we discuss 4 different species that are the best for pest population control. Each species is heavily used in many types of farm and gardening practices around the world most notably the use of ladybugs in North America. Find out which pests they hunt and what plants to provide our garden vigilantes.

Passive Prevention Life Hack

Beneficial insects can also be a very time savvy move on your part when you don't have time to deal with any plant deficiencies and need a quick fix for your outdoor garden. These insects combined with a living soil will help you not worry about future work saving your plants. To help retain water I would add a little bit of rice hull to your soil during outdoor transplant. This will also help save your own personal time.

Tachanid Flies

Tachanid flies has a massive variable of shapes and sizes for its species and is a great predator of most pests in the garden. Don't swat are friendly flies that are fierce companions of any garden.
Tachanid flies has a massive variable of shapes and sizes for its species and is a great predator of most pests in the garden. Don't swat are friendly flies that are fierce companions of any garden.

Pests Controlled In Your Garden

  • Caterpillars
  • Cabbage Loopers
  • Stink Bugs
  • Cabbage Bugs
  • Beetles

Companion Plants For These Beneficial Insects

  • Parsley
  • Tansy
  • Pennyroyal
  • Buckwheat

Parsely grown as a companion plant holds in nitrogen from the soil and slowly recycles it back in making for a proper living biome.

Parasitic Wasp

The highly prized parasitic wasp kills the most predator pests in the garden and is the most devout to cleaning up its local biome. They place themselves on top of another insect before killing it.
The highly prized parasitic wasp kills the most predator pests in the garden and is the most devout to cleaning up its local biome. They place themselves on top of another insect before killing it.

Pests Controlled In Your Garden

  • Moth
  • Beetle
  • Fly Larvae
  • Eggs
  • Caterpillars

As a gardener help dimish these pest insects with diatomaceous earth and other soil amendments to help your parasitic wasps control your pest population. They will eventually leave after they have cleaned house in your garden.

Companion Plants For These Beneficial Insects

  • Dill
  • Yarrow
  • Tansy
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Parsley

Ladybugs

Ladybugs have been a go-to for many pervasive pest problems throughout history and is currently used outdoors in agriculture and indoors.
Ladybugs have been a go-to for many pervasive pest problems throughout history and is currently used outdoors in agriculture and indoors.

Pests Controlled In Your Garden

  • Aphids

Aphids are rampant in commercial cannabis and major agriculture. Ladybugs are in extremely high demand because of their aphid eliminating skills.

Companion Plants For These Beneficial Insects

  • Dandelion
  • Angelica
  • Dill
  • Yarrow

Ladybugs have a revered history in agriculture and have been a go-to for many pervasive pest problems as the number one choice for indoor and outdoor agriculture when using beneficial insects.

Hoverflies

Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies love pollen and nectar. Their babies love a vast variety of nutrient foods. These are the best mealybug hunters out there.
Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies love pollen and nectar. Their babies love a vast variety of nutrient foods. These are the best mealybug hunters out there. | Source

Pests Controlled In Your Garden

  • Mealybugs
  • Fungus Gnats
  • Aphids

Companion Plants For These Beneficial Insects

  • Dill
  • Yarrow
  • Tansy
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Parsley
  • Marigolds

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Organic Neem Bliss 100% Pure Cold Pressed Neem Seed Oil - (16 oz) High Azadirachtin Content - OMRI Listed for Organic Use
Organic Neem Bliss 100% Pure Cold Pressed Neem Seed Oil - (16 oz) High Azadirachtin Content - OMRI Listed for Organic Use

Organic Neem Bliss 100% Pure Cold Pressed Neem Seed Oil - (16 oz) High Azadirachtin Content - for Indoor and Outdoor Plant Spray - Plant Care, Pet Care, Skin Care, Hair Care, Natural Bug Repellent is used for a number of things; but, my favorite task to use neem oil with is getting rid of little pesky invasive pests that prey on the good micronutrients taking care of your plants. Personally, I like to take 1 part water, 1 part dish soap, and 3ml of neem and mix well. This creates a great base for killing bad insects while not hurting others. Aphids breathe through the skin. By applying this mixture you can fully cover them.

 

At Home Remedy

Commercial Gardening stores carry Neem Oil which is all natural and extremely effective. If you can't find any beneficial insects to apply you can try this.

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part dish soap
  • 3ml neem oil

Mix well and apply as a foliar spray. This will engulf the invasive insect's body (they breathe through their skin) and it should take care of them in minutes. The dish soap helps with the insect's removal by making them too slick to hang onto the plant.

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      Bob Ewing 

      6 months ago from New Brunswick

      Nice detail here. Native plants will help draw native pollinators and other helpers

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