It 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?
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.