Many home and garden bugs are considered "beneficial" - meaning they are actually helpful and can keep undesirable troublemakers under control.
- One ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.
- Dragonfly larvae are efficient hunters, eating mosquito larvae and other insects, snails - and even small fish.
- Juvenile lacewings can eat up to 20 or 30 aphids a day.
To learn how to attract beneficial insects to your garden and help keep pesty troublemakers under control, click on The 10 Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden and also Growing A Healthy Garden to Manage Pests Naturally .
To see photos and learn more about beneficial insects, visit the University of California's website on Natural Enemies at http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/NE/index.html.
To order beneficial insects from a supplier, contact www.rinconvitova.com or www.greenmethods.com.