Last week, I showed how you can make natural pesticides for your plants. While these sprays pose less risk than the toxic ones, they also rid your plant of beneficial insects like the ladybug. Unlike most pesky bugs that you want to purge from your garden, ladybugs live up to their cute little name. They pose no harm and are actually beneficial to your plants by feasting on a few of your plant's nemeses such as aphids, mealybugs, leaf hoppers, scales and mites.
A successful urban garden requires that you manage destructive garden pests. Unfortunately even some organic control methods can harm beneficial insects. The ladybug is one example of a garden friendly insect that helps to naturally control other harmful bug. This article provides tips and information on keeping your garden well stocked with ladybugs and shows you how to build a simple ladybug feeder.