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organic gardenOn occasion even southwestern gardeners see a plague of unfriendly aphids scuttling all over their plants, eager to take them out. Thankfully, the southwestern gardener has a host of friendly bugs and animals ready to make a meal out of these pesky little invaders or they can simply call a pest control chandler az company.

Scorpions

While these predatory insects scare the daylights out of some people, they are incredibly beneficial to your gardens. Scorpions not only take out harmful insects, they sometimes scavenge remains that bring flies and other foods for those harmful insects, leaving them with little reason to choose your garden as their home. Do be aware of scorpions if they are present and be aware that if stung you should proceed to the nearest medical facility for evaluation.

It must be mentioned that stings are rare and that scorpions vastly prefer to hide from giant predators like us. Check dark spots with a little flashlight before digging or tilling soil to help avoid accidental stings.

Vinegaroons

Vinegaroons are sort of like the scorpion’s slightly less well known cousin who sticks to himself at the dance. A wallflower among bugs, as it were. These little arachnids love to act like scorpions when cornered, but mostly just want to be left alone. At worst, they may spray you with their vinegar-like defense spritz which will only burn if it gets in your eyes. At best, these little guys eat pounds of other bugs every year and prefer to feast on the insects that like to tear into plants on vines.

Vinegaroons aren’t particularly dangerous unless they spray you in the eyes or they capture your finger in a clawed pincher. That said, making certain that you identify this arachnid properly is very important. Vinegaroons are often misidentified as scorpions and stomped out due to the aforementioned stinging possibility of their cousins. This simply isn’t possible since these animals do not have a stinger at all. If you would like a scorpion-like predator, without the risk of a sting, these are a perfect alternative.

Ladybugs

ladybugLadybugs are well known for swarming around aphids and destroying their tiny colonies, but most people are unaware that ladybugs love the heat. For southwestern gardeners, this is all the better. Again, ladybugs love to eat aphids and they’ll eat a number of fruit flies and other tiny pests when they can catch them. If your plants have gone past their flowering season and you’re attempting to keep ladybugs in the long term, it may be a good idea to set up a tiny nectar station for them. Ladybug nectar is available on a number of websites and in several home and garden stores. Ladybug nectar helps nourish your bug fighting patrol when there’s not much else to eat.

If feeding your ladybugs as mentioned above, do be careful when you spread the nectar or gel. Too thick or too sticky may result in injured ladybugs, and you want to keep your little ladybug soldiers happy and healthy.