How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

What do you do if your pollinator garden hasn’t bloomed yet, but you need to attract beneficial insects like ladybugs, lacewings, and hoverflies for biological pest control?

You feed them yourself!

Give the good bugs a free meal and they might stick around long enough to prey on the bad bugs.

You can offer a natural homemade food source placed strategically around your plants (especially plants that are overrun by pests). This will help draw good bugs to the garden and encourage them to stay a while. All you need are a few simple household ingredients to get started.

Homemade Wheast

Wheast, a combination of whey and yeast, is the standard feed used by commercial insectaries. It’s basically ladybug and lacewing food.

In a home garden, it works as a food supplement for beneficial insects you introduce, and it also helps attract more insects. This version is similar to what you can buy in garden centers, minus the whey.

– 1/4 cup white sugar – 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast In a small bowl, combine the sugar and yeast with a small spoonful of water at a time, mixing until it becomes the consistency of a paste.

Spread the paste onto small wooden stakes or popsicle sticks, and insert them in the soil around your plants. (This works especially well if you release ladybugs in the garden.)

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