Garden Pests – The Good and Bad


Is your garden your pride? Is it what you work for, day and night? Well, then we have for you some essentials about the functions of bugs in your garden. If they are beneficial for your plants or just harmful and destructive, we will help you with the differences.

The Good Bugs That You Need

It’s like the human body – not every bacteria that you find is harmful to you. And you do not need to look at removing every bug in your garden. 

The Rove Beetle (Staphylinidae) is beneficial as it gets rid of crawlies that infest your plants. Mites, fleas and maggots are just some of its provisions. They feed on them and protect your plants. But they can be harmful in large quantities. So get rid of dead-decaying matter in your garden and you get rid of them.

• Lady beetles (Coccinellidae) act as the natural means to control aphids’ infestation on crops and vegetables. It is the biological pesticide for many soft-bodied pests. Almost All species and types of lady-bugs are useful and beneficial for crops. So much so, that they are available for sale to farmers and gardeners.
• The Spined soldier (Podisus maculiventris) are drawn towards gardens by presence of food material. They are extremely important for any plant growth as they feed on almost all the harmful pests. Ex. caterpillars, grubs, beetle larvae and cabbage worms. They paralyze their victims and suck out all their body fluids.

The Bad Bugs

And then there are those bugs that are pests – and you really wouldn’t want to have them around in your Auckland home.

Squash bugs (Anasa tristis) gorge on melons and pumpkins. They are known for severely weakening plants by sucking on all their sap and nutrient. To control them, a spray of soapy water to drown them works well. Picking these pests off manually is a tedious but possible job. Different kinds of organic sprays also help kill them off.
Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) is an infamous garden insect that feeds on legumes like cowpeas and beans. They give the leaves a lace-like look and feed on the pods and stems.
They disrupt the photosynthesis making process, ultimately killing the plant. The best ways to control these are to plant these crops before these pests have a chance to destroy them. The damage done by them can be reduced by killing of these beetles.
Earwig (Forficulidae) are nocturnal scavengers that live in moist places with less sunlight. They damage all kinds of plants, shrubs and flowers. They aren’t harmful to humans but can sting. The only way to control their infestation is by keeping the nooks and crannies of your house and storage areas clean and free of debris. Make sure all the openings to your house are tightly shut and all the cracks are repaired.
Everyone needs pest control for their garden at one point in time or the other. Rodent control North Shore can be tough without the right experts. If there is an insect infestation bugging you, or you have trouble with getting rid of these pests, contact Auckland Wide Pest Control Services.
They have solutions to all your pest related problems and with years of experience, they know how to get the job done. They also [provide carpet cleaning services and use state-of-the-art techniques. You can visit their website for more information. Pest control South Auckland made real easy!


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