Episode #13 | Original Air Date: March 18, 2020
Beneficial insects can do a lot for a garden, pollinating plants, contributing to the decay of organic matter, and attacking other insects and mites that are considered to be pests.
The best thing you can do for beneficial insects is learn to recognize them. Adult ladybird beetles and lacewings are easy to identify, but their immature forms look entirely different.
Remember that many pesticides kill not only pest insects but also beneficial ones. If you do use a pesticide, choose one that targets only the pests you’re having trouble with.
Finally, provide the pollen and nectar sources that beneficial insects like by adding a wide variety of plants.
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