More About Beneficial Insects

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This article will teach you how to organically control insects in your garden or landscape.
by Brett · All Zones · Insects · 0 Comments · June 29, 2010 · 11,750 views

Here's even more ideas for insect control using companions and beneficial insects:

Below is a listing of beneficial insects, along with the plants that can be grown to attract them.

Brachonids, Chalcids and Ichneumon Wasps - These small beneficial insects destroy leaf-eating caterpillars. You can attract them to your garden by planting carrots, celery, parsley, caraway and Queen Anne's lace. These plants are easy to grow, and some should be left to flower. It's the flower that attracts the insects.

Ladybugs - These common insects consume aphids, mites, whiteflies and scale. The foliage of certain trees, such as Riverbirch (pictured left), can become infested with aphids. When you see aphids around, and you also see ladybugs, there is no reason to spray a chemical for control of the aphids when the ladybugs will do the job naturally. Ladybugs can be attracted to your garden by planting members of the daisies, tansy or yarrow plant families. Live ladybugs, which can be released in your garden, can be purchased from catalogs and online stores.

Lacewings - Lacewings are avid consumers of aphids, and their larva eat aphids and other varieties of other insect pests. They are attracted to flowers such as yarrow, goldenrod, black-eyed susan's and asters. Lacewings can also be purchased online and released directly into your garden.

Hover-flies - Hover-flies are avid consumers of aphids, and the larva of hover-flies eat aphids and other insect pests. Like the Lacewings, they are attracted to flowers, such as yarrow, goldenrod, black-eyed susan's and asters. Seeds for these flowers are available online, or at most garden centers.

Praying Mantis - These large insects have an appetite for most garden pests. Praying mantis eggs are set out in the garden where they hatch and quickly grow to adult size. The eggs are available through mail-order catalogues.


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