from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Attract Bug-Eating Birds

There are many reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here’s one more: pest control. Most backyard birds eat a combination of seeds, berries and insects.

A rose-breasted grosbeak

There are many reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here’s one more: pest control.

Most backyard birds eat a combination of seeds, berries and insects. But in late spring and early summer, birds are busy filling the mouths of their hatchlings and baby birds like nothing better than freshly caught bugs.

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Below is a list of common backyard birds and some of the insect pests they eat. Next time you see or hear a bird in your yard, you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that they’re on your side, helping you keep your garden healthy and looking good.

  • Bluebirds: grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, larvae, moths
  • Cardinals: beetles, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, stinkbugs, snails
  • Chickadees: aphids, whitefly, scale, caterpillars, ants, earwigs
  • Grosbeaks: larvae, caterpillars, beetles
  • Nuthatches: tree and shrub insects such as borers, caterpillars, ants and earwigs
  • Oriole: caterpillars, larvae, beetles, grasshoppers
  • Sparrows: beetles, caterpillars, cutworms
  • Swallows: moths, beetles, grasshoppers
  • Titmice: aphids, leafhoppers, caterpillars, beetles
  • Warblers: caterpillars, aphids, whitefly
  • Woodpeckers: larvae, beetles, weevils, borers


4 Comments

  1. August 11, 2011    

    Very interesting , keep doing the good work!

  2. August 25, 2011    

    This is perfect! Ever since adding our additional bird feeders and bird bath, I was wondering which birds were beneficial for which pests. Thanks for the nice, concise list.

    Best regards,
    Steve.

  3. August 26, 2011    

    Thanks for the useful list of insects and their predators :) There’s nothing like sitting back and watching others at work – even when they are birds! … a garden without wildlife is a very sad garden indeed!

  4. March 30, 2012    

    This is interesting! It is really wonderful how nature and wildlife keeps its balance.

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