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Keep This Unusual-Looking Bug Around To Banish Garden Pests
Of all the ways to discourage pests from entering your garden, creating a welcoming environment for predatory critters, like the big-eyed bug, is one of the most affordable.
These large-eyed bugs range in color from all-black to yellow with reddish-brown spots and eat plant-damaging pests like aphids, caterpillars, and especially spider mites.
If you think you have some big-eyed bugs in your garden, look closely to ensure they aren’t actually plant-eating pests such as the chinch or black grass bugs, which look similar.
To encourage these helpful insects into your garden, switch out your pesticide for a more selective one that only targets harmful pests and try to diversify your plant selection.