4 Kinds of Bugs You Want in Your Garden
Sometimes, the best way to handle Tampa pest removal issues is to simply allow nature to take its course and handle the problem for you. This won’t always be the case of course; some pests are so intractable, and their enemies in the natural world so few, that you need experienced professionals on your side. It is important to know which creatures you have on your side and the advantages that they present.
A list such as the below could include a long line of helpful critters, from bats (one brown bat can eat 1000 mosquitoes per hour when feeding) to the ubiquitous Tampa-area green and brown anole lizards, which devour a wide array of insects on a daily basis as they sun themselves around your home. When it comes to gardening, however, the below four truly stand out because of their natural benefits.
- Praying Mantis: These unique looking creatures are kings of the garden and insect predators who can do a world of good. They will devour just about any type of insect that enters their domain. The mantis is not commonly found in Florida, but adapts well to our environment; you can actually purchase them online as eggs and wait for your garden-protecting army to grow.
- Honeybees: A honeybee’s goal is to pollinate, and it should be our job as gardeners to let them. By allowing honeybees to accomplish their natural task, we are rewarded with a bounty of flowers and pollinated plants.
- Ladybugs: Ladybugs are actually a type of beetle, a very useful type of beetle for the green thumb. These creatures spend their entire lives eating soft-shelled insect as well as (crucially) their eggs. Having a garden well stocked with ladybugs is a neat way to have it protected from undesirable mites and aphids.
- Green Lacewing: These are less well known to the general public, but no less useful. Green lacewings are a relentless consumer and predator of insects. The aptly-named winged creatures are particularly fond of aphids, that can devastate small Florida gardens, and have been known to eat 60 in a single hour.
Attracting these types of helpful creatures to your garden can be done both subtly and with bold techniques (such as seeding). Much of this can be done by a little research on your end, but for more help with your Tampa-area garden, contact the specialists on Tampa pest removal at Apex. We offer a free, no-obligation inspection and can set up a natural plan of defense for your growing crops. Call us anytime at (866) 675-4070.