1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the U.S. annually, with over 5 billion pounds used worldwide. Anyone that grows food has likely spent hours and hours trying to figure out ways to keep insects and other pests away from their fruit and produce. And while pesticides do the trick, they also harm the soil and the environment.
However, there’s another way to control those pests without harming the soil.
Yes, there are a few bugs that you may actually want around your vegetables and other plants. For instance, ground beetles are a natural predator of pests such as slugs, snails, and cutworms. Just a single beetle larva can consume more than 50 caterpillars! Talk about an appetite.
Check out these beneficial bugs, along with tips on how to attract them to your garden.
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