Good Bugs Bad Bugs. “What exactly are Good Bugs and Bad Bugs?” Well, if you’re growing a garden there are several “Good Bugs” that can be quite useful for keeping the “Bad Bugs” from destroying all of your hard work.
Most insects are beneficial – among this group are those that are Generalists, or the “Good Bugs.” These are predators that feed on a variety of pest insects and only harm their prey while leaving the plants untouched. Generalists are found both above and below ground and include Honey Bees, Pirate Bugs, Assassin Bugs, Lacewing Bugs, Ladybugs, Praying Mantis and Beneficial Nematodes. Beneficial Nematodes can be used wherever pests exist including vegetable and flower gardens, backyards, greenhouses, and lawns…just to name a few. Click here for more info on Beneficial Nematodes.
* Generalists, such as the honey bee are in decline due to the use of harsh and toxic chemicals. This is not only bad for bees and other Generalist insects – it is bad for the ecosystem.
Good Bugs – Generalists
Then there are the non-beneficial insects – better known as pests, or “Bad Bugs.” These include Aphids, Beetles, Borers, Fleas, Ticks, Caterpillars, Termites, Gnats, Mealybugs, and unfortunately Grasshoppers and Crickets too. But, in Crickee’s defense – while grasshoppers are general herbivores that feed on a variety of plants, some species only enjoy feeding on grasses.
Bad Bugs – Pests – Plant Eaters
Learn more about “Good and Bad” insects and how to control them organically here: Arbico Organics