Opossums (or possums) are nocturnal creatures that are generally good and beneficial to have in your garden! They help to get rid of ticks, cockroaches, snakes (even venomous ones), slugs/snails, rats, mice, and insects. Opossums will generally stay away from your garden as they prefer plants that are starting to rot, so they can actually a benefit in your garden by cleaning up the rotting fruit or vegetables! Many people get intimidated when they hiss,
Category: Beneficial Critters
Soldier bugs as their name implies are great soldiers in your garden that work to destroy your bad bugs eating your plants! prey on grubs, caterpillars, and other soft-bodied insects such as corn borers, corn earworm, cabbage looper, cabbage worm, and flea beetles.
Hummingbirds are not only beautiful creatures to watch, but can be very helpful in the garden to rid of pesky insects. They can pollinate some flowers that can’t be reached by other birds since they have such a long beak.
Lacewings are great helpers for your garden. They are light green with long skinny antennae and almost transparent wings. Lacewings love to eat insects and can eat over 200 aphids in a week! They also can prey on other soft-bodied insects such as mites, thrips, whiteflies, and small caterpillars.
Lizards come in many different shapes and sizes. Having lizards in your garden is not only fun and entertaining for your kids, but a great benefit to gardening! These reptiles work hard in your garden to eat the bad bugs plaguing your plants!
Honeybees live in colonies with one queen, worker bees (females) collecting food for honey, and male drones. Honeybees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Honeybees are disappearing and are so important to try to keep around!
Minute pirate bugs love to eat various pests such as aphids, spider mites, thrips, caterpillars, and their eggs.
Frogs and toads are amazing additions to your garden! They’re terrific predators to your harmful insects in the garden. Be careful about using pesticide around them though. Frogs and toads are especially harmed by their use!
Praying mantis are some of the best beneficial helpers you can have in your garden! There are almost 2,000 different species of praying mantis in the world! They are called praying mantis because of their oversized long front legs that look like they are praying. Praying mantis eat lots of insect pests in the garden as well as even some spiders, frogs, lizards, and small birds!
Fireflies are not only fun to watch flash at nighttime but are great to have in your garden as they are predators to many pests that may plague your garden. They like to feed on other insect larvae, snails, and slugs.