Biological Control · DIY · Observations

House Wasp: DIY Beneficial Insect Homes

When we moved the garden outside at the back of the kitchen, I had made a couple of insects’ homes. I tried different types of designs I found on the internet. Most of them went un-inhabited, except for two: Exhibition A: The Log Pile The log pile was meant for carpenter and mason bees, but… Continue reading House Wasp: DIY Beneficial Insect Homes

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Biological Control · Food Garden · Insect · Pest Control

Garden Helpers: Little creatures, big helpers

Little creatures that help in a big way The major helpers in the garden all reside within the soil community. The hardest and most efficient workers are the smallest; bacteria and fungi, which decompose organic material. The larger helpers are the toads, lizards and birds that catch and eat other pests, although, birds might eat… Continue reading Garden Helpers: Little creatures, big helpers

Biological Control · Insect · Profile

Ladybeetle (Ladybug or Ladybird): Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Ladybeetles (Ladybugs or Ladybirds) at a glance Occupation: Predator or Pest Value to Gardener: 3/5 - Pest Controller (some are pests!) Danger to Humans: 1/5 – Harmless Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro Ladybugs, ladybirds or ladybeetles; these insects are firm favourites amongst gardeners and non-gardeners alike with the… Continue reading Ladybeetle (Ladybug or Ladybird): Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month