Why invite insects into your garden?

A Peacock butterfly resting on a plant

Creating a wildflower meadow is a great way to attract more pollinators to your garden. But why would you want more insects when we spend most of the summer trying to rid the house of them?

There’s a reason insects are called pollinators. Without insects pollinating the flowers and vegetables, there’d be no flowers or vegetables. More bees, butterflies, flies, wasps and beetles equals more flowers.

Flowers feed many insects like this bee
Bee on a flower in the garden
Flowers feed many insects like this bee

Ants provide a free garden cleaning service, tidying away detritus and dead insects.

Ground beetles are the perfect ninjas for guarding your vegetables. The devil’s coach horse beetle loves to eat the slugs that prey on your fresh lettuces.

Ladybirds and soldier beetles eat the aphids that attack your roses.

Mompesson ladybird in the garden
A ladybird in the garden at Mompesson
Mompesson ladybird in the garden

As they’re at the bottom of the food chain, bugs attract the more visible wildlife that we like to see in our garden such as hedgehogs, frogs, foxes and birds.

Woodlice attract birds to your garden in winter. They contain more calcium than snails and so help birds produce eggs in spring.

Fair enough, in the house there's a place for a slab of cardboard slipped under a glass, but in the garden, let's bring on the bug army.