I want to get rid of aphids in my garden in a non-chemical way. I know that certain bugs can help a lot by eating aphids.

One such example are ladybugs, but unfortunately I can't find big populations of them.

However, I have heard that this bug also eats aphids: enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

Does any one know its name and whether it eats aphids?

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This bug is newly arrived in the United States, firebug. Native to Europe they eat seeds there. As they are new in North America their behaviour could change but it is likely they do not eat aphids. See the Utah State University extension fact sheet for more information.

They are not hazardous to people. There have been reports of them eating other insects in North America but I would not rely on them to eat aphids.

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