Attracting Insects and Creepy-Crawlies

A bee helps to polinate flowers
A bee helps to polinate flowers

There are thousands of different insects in the world and most of the time we are

trying to get rid of them. I think we notice the insects that we don’t want around much more than the insects that we actually need. There are also many different creepy crawlies like worms, caterpillars, snails and centipedes.

Why do we want insects in the garden?

A ladybird bug is a gardener's friend
A ladybird bug is a gardener's friend

Insects have their special jobs in your wildlife garden so you will want to find ways to attract the good bugs. If you have read the article on attracting birds you will already know that some birds eat insects. That is one reason why you would want some in your garden. Another reason is because some of the good insects actually feed on the bad insects. An example would be the ladybird beetle that eats aphids.

What do insects need?

Insects also have their special needs and will need places to make their homes. An old, rotting log; a pile of stones; a heap of sticks and a mulch layer around your plants. These must be left and not disturbed otherwise you might destroy the homes made by the insects.

A beautiful dragonfly adds interest to the garden
A beautiful dragonfly adds interest to the garden

The insects will also need food. Some feed off plants, some eat pollen, some nectar and some will eat rotting plant material (your mulch layer or compost heap). Some insects will even eat other insects. Two that come to mind are the praying mantis and the ladybird beetle.

Water will also be welcomed by some insects such as butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Even bees will be found sipping water.

And the Creepy Crawlies?

The worms, caterpillars and centipedes will normally be found feeding off the plants

This caterpillar is enjoying a leafy dinner
This caterpillar is enjoying a leafy dinner

themselves and also in the ground and in the mulch layer. You will often find birds scratching in the mulch to find their dinner. You might not like the idea of caterpillars using your prize plants as food, but if you want butterflies and moths in your garden then you will have to live with a few caterpillars.

 

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2 thoughts on “Attracting Insects and Creepy-Crawlies

  1. Veronica Berton

    I enjoyed reading your site. I glad to see that you think along the same lines as I do that feeding birds from the feeder should only be done when the flowers and berry’s are in not in bloom.

    I have and issue perhaps you can help me I have a high tension tower for the local power company on my side property. In the fall the birds arrive and stay for weeks until they migrate south. My home and property and anything else around becomes covered in purple bird waste. Know matter what I have tried too get them too leave they fly away and come back in about 30 minutes. The sound can be deafening. There are hundreds of them. It is like a seen out of the Alfred Hitchcock move “The Birds”. Any suggestions?

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    1. Post author

      Hi Veronica,
      You do have an interesting challenge. I have to admit that this is not something that I know much about, but I am happy to do some research for you. In our area I have seen a few high tension lines with shiny silver metal things hanging from them. I think their purpose is to stop birds from flying into them. Having said that, I have also heard that hanging old CDs in trees can help keep the birds away from the fruit. I don’t know if any of these ideas are worth a try. I will see what info I can scratch out for you.

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