How to Use Beneficial Insects Against Garden Pests

Organic gardening provides a carefully cultured and biologically supported garden. Microbes, birds, and bugs help us grow a garden, whether we know it or not.

Aphids don't like ladybugs' pretty colouring and harmless nature. They eat rootworms, whiteflies, chinch bugs, Colorado Potato Beetles, mealybugs, scales, and spider mites (1999). Garden bugs. Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance).

Lady Beetles

A tiny parasitic wasp that destroys caterpillar eggs, including Tomato Horn Worm, Armyworm, Cutworm, Corn Earworm, Borers, and Codling Moth Caterpillars.

Trichogramma Wasps

The praying mantis is a savage predator that helps control cucumber beetles, aphids, and more. If you have a lot of garden pests, Praying Mantis may help.

Praying Mantis 

The green lacewing larvae eats soft-bodied insects. Green Lacewings control aphids, beetle larvae, and whiteflies. Green lacewings are

Green Lacewing

Different beneficial nematode species prey on different insects. They help control soil-dwelling insect larvae like fungus gnat and sweet potato weevil. They eat rootworms, cutworms, corn earworm moths, and borers.

Parasitic Nematodes

Many websites sell good bugs online. Some of these insects are harder to breed and ship, so they cost more. You can treat a medium-sized garden for $20. Once you've chosen the right insect, order it and follow the instructions.

Beneficial insect sources

Temperature, water, and release time are important. Most insects need 65-90F weather. Misting the release area or the insects is usually required. According to, starting with some species' eggs requires more care, but costs less.

Beneficial insects for your garden

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