Lavender Insects

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Lavender attracts insects such as bumble bees, ladybugs and praying mantises that are beneficial to the farm or garden. Learn about beneficial bugs and lavender with tips from a lavender farmer in this free video on growing herbs. View Video Transcript

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Sarah Bader

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Hi. My name is Sarah Bader from Lavender at Stonegate in West Linn, Oregon. Today we're going to talk about lavender and insects. So when people think about insects sometimes they think of them as being not so great, but in reality lavender attracts some really beneficial insects. I'm going to talk first about an insect called a spittle bug, and those aren't necessarily so beneficial. In fact, they're a bit of an annoyance but they're not going to do a whole lot of damage to your lavender plant. If you look sometimes out in your field in early spring you'll see what looks like a fuzzy ball of spit, thus the name spittle bug, on your lavender plant. So when you dig into it a little bit it looks like a florescent green little bug, and believe it or not they don't do a whole lot of damage. Once it gets warm they tend to go away. If you want to get rid of them you can just hose them off or put a little bit of cayenne pepper on them. So as far as lavender that grows in the field that's pretty much the only bug that's going to be not so beneficial to your lavender. But some really great beneficial bugs are bumble bees, bees, ladybugs and praying mantis. In fact, we have a bee hive right here on our lavender farm and we make what's called lavender honey. So the bees take the essence of the lavender and they bring it back to the hive and the honey has a wonderful, just a little twinge of lavender in it. A lot of people like to plant lavender on their farms because it attracts the bees and then the bees will pollinate the other crops that they have growing on the field and that's true of not only honey bees, but also bumble bees. Of course, praying mantis is good to have around because they tend to eat the bugs that we don't really want like spiders and some of the others. And ladybugs of course are fun all the way around including being able to eat the not so beneficial bugs as well. So in conclusion, lavender will attract some really great beneficial insects if you want to plant it on your farm or at your residence.