Not all insects are pests. In fact, there are many good bugs in the garden. Here are a few beneficial insects we carry at Tom’s Thumb Nursery! These are a great alternative to chemicals.

Beneficial Insects at Tom's Thumb Nursery

Learn more about them here.

Lady Bugs – $7.99

Ladybugs, or lady beetles, are considered a beneficial bug which helps rid an area of crop-damaging aphids, mealybugs and other destructive insect pests. The adult ladybugs feed on these insects. They also lay their eggs among the aphids or other prey so the emerging larvae can feed on the insects, too

Praying Mantis – $9.99

The Praying mantis is a most interesting and enjoyable beneficial insect to have around the garden and farm. It is the only known insect that can turn its head and look over its shoulder.

Later they will eat larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and other pest insects.

Decollate Snails – $12.99

Decollate snails, Rumina decollata, prey and feed upon the eggs and flesh of small to medium sized brown garden snails, Helix aspersa.

Slugs are usually not attacked by the decollate snails. Decollate snails will grow to be about one inch long, with conical shells, making them easily distinguishable from the round brown garden snail.

Triple Blend Soil Pest Exterminator – Live Beneficial Nematodes – $19.99

Nematodes actively hunt for insect larvae, entering through natural body openings. Once inside the larvae, the nematode excretes bacteria from its digestive tract before it starts to feed and multiply.

Within a few days, the pest will change color and die. The nematodes multiply and develop within the dying insect, before leaving the old host to hunt for more pests. As the number of pests decreases, so will the nematode population. For this reason, seasonal releases are recommended.