5 Bugs to Show Some Love To!

We normally don't like seeing pests in our homes and gardens, but not all insects are bad. There are a few insects that we should be thankful for. Since Valentine's Day is a day all about showing the love, Best Pest Control is featuring a few bugs that we love and you should too! If you see any of the bugs we mention below, show them some love and catch and release them into your yard or garden.


Praying Mantis

Praying mantis are great predators and eat moths, grasshoppers, flies and other insects. Their heads can rotate up to 180 degrees depending on the species. This head rotation allows them to remain very still while hunting. When an unsuspecting insect ventures near them, they will quickly strikeout. While they are a great natural pest control for gardens, they will also prey on beneficial bugs.


Bees

Honey bees and bumblebees are loved for their ability to pollinate. Many vegetables and fruit trees need to be pollinated by bees in order to produce. Honey bees are not only important for pollinating, but they also produce honey. If you are wanting bees to help pollinate your garden, you can attract them by planting flowers with pollen and nectar.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are a great natural pest control for gardeners. Both adult and larvae eat spider mites, mealy bugs, and aphids. Most gardeners should welcome these bugs, as they can keep your garden insect free. Luckily, you can attract ladybugs by planting flowers among your vegetables. Wildflowers like dandelions and Queen Anne's lace are known for attracting ladybugs.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are predatory insects who eat mosquitoes and other pests like aphids. What's not to love about a bug that eats mosquitoes? Dragonflies lay their eggs in water and their larva may take years to reach the adult stage.

Green Lacewing

The green lacewing enjoys a wide arrange of insects including aphids, spider mite, insect eggs and even small caterpillars. They will also eat leafhopper nymphs who, in their adult stage, can become a serious pest to gardens.

Your Bug Experts 

While all of these bugs act as a natural pest control, you shouldn't rely on them to protect your entire home. Best Pest Control can ensure that the bad bugs and pests don't get into your home this upcoming spring. Now is a great time to start planning for the warmer weather. If you need to schedule your preventative pest control, give the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. From the outside of your home to the inside, Best Pest Control can keep those pesky bugs from invading.


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