Bugs in the garden can be incredibly useful by eliminating unwanted pests and pollinating flowers. Chris Bonnett, of GardeningExpress.co.uk, said: “Encouraging the right types of bugs to make their home in your garden provides a long-term pest control solution, which is a great alternative to using chemical pesticides.
“This will allow you to grow your plants and vegetables organically, it is good for the environment and it also keeps the garden maintenance costs down.
“You can attract the beneficial bugs into your garden by creating an optimal environment in which they can thrive.
“A few examples of how to make your garden insect friendly are to grow a diverse variety of plants, let part of your garden grow wild or create a compost pile.”
Despite their colorful appearance and sweet name, ladybugs are predatory insects.
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Ground beetles may look scary, but they are extremely good at getting rid of slugs and snails.
Plus, Chris said they also feed on weed seeds, making them ideal for those struggling with weeds.
To attract ground beetles, it is good to collect fallen leaves in a pile, put logs in a pile or leave your compost open.
The expert continued: “Although many people are uncomfortable with the idea of welcoming spiders into their living spaces, these little creatures are actually very beneficial in your garden.
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Chris said: “They help plants reproduce.
“They also attract other beneficial insects to the garden.
“Like butterflies, bees play an important role in the pollination process which is critical to increasing your harvest.
“The vast majority of plants that we need for food rely on pollination, especially by bees.”
Hover flies are also useful to have in the garden.
According to the expert, they act as both pollinators and pest controllers.
Chris added: “In their larval stage they voraciously eat aphids, thrips, scale insects and eggs and when they reach an adult stage they feed on pollen and nectar.”