Natural Pest Control – Using Other Insects

Did you know that we sell insects at Page Hardware?  These insects can be used to naturally control the pesty insect population in and around your hlive lady bugsome this season, including aphids and fleas.

Lacewings: These beautiful, slender, and almost translucent insects are attracted to light.  They can frequently be found clinging to window screens at night, but don’t swat these insects.  They are actually very beneficial to your garden!

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Lacewing larvae, also known as “aphid lions” have a voracious appetite and will help rid your garden of pests by feeding off of the eggs and newly developing garden larvae, including aphids, asparagus beetle larvae, caterpillar eggs and young caterpillars (including cabbage worms), Colorado potato beetle larvae, corn earworms, eggs of various insects, lace bugs, mealybugs, some scales, spider mites, and whiteflies.  Lacewig larvae can consume up to 100 aphids a day.

3143926 - close-up ladybird on blade, on green grass backgroundLadybugs:  Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day and will also feed off of a variety of other insects and larvae including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and other soft-bodied insects.  Ladybugs are natural enemies of many insect pests and it has been demonstrated that a single ladybug may consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.

Nematodes:  Nematodes, also known as “killer roundworms,” are a simple solution flea killer.jpgfor controlling the population of blood sucking fleas that infest backyards, homes, and pets. Nematodes are predators.  They hunt down fleas in the pre-adult, pupae, and larval stages, and then enter the pest’s body through any convenient opening, release a bacteria that kills the flea within 48 hours, and reproduce inside the corpse.  Controlling the outdoor flea population with nematodes can significantly reduce your likelihood of an indoor flea infestation.

Information obtained from: Planet Natural and Cedar Circle Farm

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