It depends on the species of insect. Some bugs, such as aphids, can wreak havok on plants. Others are can be beneficial; ladybugs can keep harmful insects at bay, and butterflies and bees pollinate plants. But whether you want them to or not, insects of all varieties will find their way in. Find out what pest species attack the plants you want to grow and formulate your management strategy from there.
Like what greengenie said, there are some species of bugs that are very beneficial for gardens by helping them pollinate plants and by keeping away harmful insects as well. One example could be the relationship between aphids and ladybugs. Aphids are known as plant lice and they are the most destructive insect pests on cultivated plants in temperate regions. They do so much damage to plants that they are mortal enemies of farmers and gardeners worldwide. Ladybugs are solutions to that problem for controlling the problems which aphids bring. Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids a day and they may consume up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime.
Some bugs, like worms and ladybugs, are very good for your garden–worms because they nurture the soil, and ladybugs because they eat desctructive insects like aphids and mites, which feed off the leaves of your beloved crops. Bees are also vital to flowering trees and bushes, because they pollinate the flowers and create fruit. However, insects like slugs and snails will feed on your strawberries and tomatoes, and should be controlled.
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