Most people have a natural aversion to insects and will consider all of them as pests. This means they will jump at the chance to rid their garden of all insects regardless of its kind. This may also be the reason why a lot of non-organic pesticides harm all types of insects with no exclusions (in fact, non-organic pesticides will even harm people and the plants it's supposed to protect if used incorrectly). This is unfortunate because like people, there are bad insects and insects that actually help us. If truth be told, the bad insects in your garden are actually in the minority.
Beneficial Insects for Organic Gardening
The good insects, if used correctly, will actually help tend to your garden, and will act as fully eco-friendly organic fertilizers, gardening compost, and in most cases - completely safe pest control, which means you not only make the garden safe for your kids and pets, you also save a lot on expensive and dangerous chemical products.
Insects That Help Your Garden
There are two kinds of beneficial insects present in your garden (provided that you haven’t used one of those harmful pesticides yet). First is what is called the pollinator, which helps improve the plants' chances of reproducing by acting as transporters of pollen from the plant stamen to faraway plant ovules. Insects help pollination naturally just by doing what nature has intended them to do. In the process, pollinators help fertilization for most types of plants and flowers. Some types of pollinators include the bees, wasps, and other winged insects that fly from flower to flower.
The second type of insect that helps tend to your garden is the predator. One example of these is the ladybug, which can actually serve as a natural pesticide since they eat other harmful insects, particularly aphids. They are also more effective at controlling the pest population since they also eat the insect's eggs, which is something that most pesticides fail to get rid of. Another predator that helps your garden is the ground beetle, which dines on snails and caterpillars, which are harmful to gardens when kept unchecked. Other examples of the second type of helpful insects is the Mantis, which preys on a wide range of insects, and some types of mites that eat spider mites.
The use of predatory insects is good because they only regulate caterpillar population instead of wiping them out, since caterpillars only eat plants in their caterpillar stage, and actually mature into butterflies - which are great pollinators.
Organic Gardening is the Way to Go
Organic gardening is al about taking care of your garden without using any synthetic chemical that may be harmful to the environment or to you and your family. This means helpful little insects will not only save you money on all the chemical pesticides that you no longer need to buy, you also ensure that the world we live in will stay healthy and habitable for a longer time.