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Ladybugs Help Gardens Flourish

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Ladybugs are small, harmless beetles that have been around for over 2,000 years. They’re known for their red-and-black shells and spotted exteriors, and they’re incredibly popular among gardeners. But how exactly do these little insects help plants flourish?

They are both beneficial and adorable to humans — but what about other creatures? Bugs like aphids and mites can be harmful pests in gardens that eat up plants’ nutrients or spread diseases through their saliva.

However, ladybugs feed on these pests as well as other insects like ants, flies, and mosquitoes. So if one is worried about having enough food to grow their own garden this year — or just want to make sure their produce isn’t eaten by unwanted guests — consider introducing a few ladybug larvae into their yard. They’ll have plenty of food available for them once they emerge from their eggs.

A Gardener’s Best Friend Is a Ladybug

Ladybugs are a gardener’s best friend. Not only do they not mind eating aphids and other pests, but they also help to keep their garden healthy.

Many people have had the experience of finding a ladybug in their garden — these small beetles are sometimes considered lucky since they’re thought to bring good fortune to those who find them. But did anyone know that these beetles can actually be beneficial to their garden?

Ladybugs are predatory insects that eat aphids (tiny insects that feed on plants) and other harmful bugs found in the garden. They squeeze their bodies with their legs together so that they can fit inside an aphid’s body when they attack it (a process called “sucking”).

The ladybug then releases its digestive juices into the insect’s body through tiny openings called stigmata on its underside; this dissolves vital tissues within the prey item until it dies or is killed outright by being fed upon by multiple individuals at once.

How Else Are They Helpful?

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These tiny insects are also helpful because they eat pests that ruin plants. For example, aphids, scales, and mites. They help people keep their garden looking beautiful and healthy without having to use harmful pesticides or other chemicals. This means people can save time and money by using ladybugs instead of pesticides in their home gardens or farm fields.

Ladybugs are not native to the United States, but they have been used as a natural way to control pests in gardens. They eat up to 50-60 aphids per day and can help control other pests such as mites, scale, and whiteflies. They also eat mealy bugs, which can be difficult for gardeners to eliminate without using pesticides.

Ladybugs are beneficial and should be encouraged in their garden because they’re an indicator of a healthy environment. If anyone notices ladybugs in their garden, it means they have a thriving ecosystem. It also means they have plants that produce pollen and nectar for them to feed on — a sign of good soil quality.

Ladybugs are Harmless to Humans

Ladybugs are completely harmless to humans. They don’t bite or sting, nor do they carry any diseases or poisons that could harm people. In fact, ladybugs may actually be beneficial for human health in some ways:

  • Ladybug larvae are used as a treatment for mites living on humans and animals.
  • In rural areas of China, the body parts of dead ladybugs have been used to treat various ailments.

Don’t Worry, They Won’t Sting You or Your Plants

They’re not poisonous. Ladybugs are beneficial insects that eat aphids and other garden pests. They also feed on the eggs of these pests, so they can help keep plants free from harmful bugs!

They don’t carry any diseases, either. One thing to note about ladybugs is that they do not carry any plant diseases. However, some species of ladybugs can be infected with parasites called “aphid mites.”

So if people see a lot of dead aphids on their plants without seeing many ladybugs eating them, it’s possible that there are parasitic mites infecting them instead. In this case, it’s best not to collect any specimens because they may still spread the parasite onto other areas around their garden or house.

Gardeners and Farmers Sometimes Set Out Ladybug Houses

Ladybugs are attracted to light, which makes them easy to attract. They can put out a light that has yellow or blue-green shades and hang it on the outside of their house or garage. They will spot the light and fly toward it in search of food.

These tiny insects also like certain types of flowers and trees, especially ones with bright colors such as pink or red. For example, people can plant flowers that are native to their area or plants with colors that resemble those found in ladybug habitats. For example:

  • Clovers.
  • Angelica.
  • Caraway.
  • Chives.
  • Butterfly.
  • Cilantro.
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis).
  • Cosmos.

Ladybugs will be drawn to these flowers and then lay their eggs there when they’re done eating them.

Goodluck Signs

Ladybugs are a sign of good luck. They’re symbols of good fortune and are associated with the Virgin Mary. The number seven is supposed to be lucky, as well as the sun and the moon, which are both associated with ladybugs.

They are an essential part of a healthy garden. They can help people avoid pests that spoil their plants and eat them up, leaving nothing behind except some green leaves and stem stalks. Ladybugs are also harmless to humans, so they don’t have to worry about getting sick if one lands on their hands.

Written by Sheena Robertson

Sources:

National Geographic: Ladybugs
Safer Brand: Ladybug Benefits
HGTV: Are Ladybugs Good for the Garden

Top and Featured Image Courtesy of Josef Wells‘ Flickr Page Creative Commons License
Inset Image Courtesy of Manuela Hoffmann‘s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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