Many, in fact most, of the bugs and spiders that we see in our yards and gardens are helpful and necessary to us and our environment. These insects and arachnids can be found hiding under leaves, in rotten wood, and even underground in burrows. Maintaining a healthy and productive garden in turn attracts and encourages these beneficial beings to become a part of the action! The wellbeing of a garden is often reflected in what specific bugs choose to make that garden their home, and vice-versa. To coexist with beneficial bugs is key in creating a safe, fun, educational, and productive environment.
Here are some of the little critters to keep an eye out for:
- Ground beetles
- Rove beetles
- And many more!
Clemson University, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science. "Beneficial Insects and Related Arthropods." Beneficial Insects and Related Arthropods : College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences : Clemson University : South Carolina. N.p., Sept. 1998. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.