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March 18, 2016

The Bright Side Of Bugs: Good Things Insects Do

helpful insects and beneficial bugsIt may be hard for you to believe, but not all insects are pests! Some insects exist to help you – they help tend your garden, fertilize your soil, and control the populations of the more pestilent of their kind. These little helpers don’t require removal or extermination; in fact, you’ll want to take measures to keep them around. So who are they, and what good do they do?

Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is not only fascinating to watch – it also eats other insects, including wasps, flies, and caterpillars. It uses its claw-like forelimbs to hold prey steady while eating. Keeping a few praying mantises around your garden can reduce the rate of caterpillars eating your plants, and keep the fly population under control.

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