Beneficial Insects for the Home Gardener
Beneficials for home gardens include Trichogramma Wasps, Lacewings, and Ladybugs. Not sure what you need? Please use the form at left or call us at (800) 832-1113 for a FREE consultation from a staff entomolgist.
The Trichogramma wasps are among the smallest insects on Earth - about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. But they are among the most efficient when it comes to disrupting the life cycles of webworms.
Trichogramma will eat larvae of about 200 species of insects and have been used for years by farmers to control agricultural pests like boll weevils and corn borers. The wasps love urban webworm larvae, thus sparing pecans and other trees from heavy infestations.
One of the most popular beneficial insects used for biological control is the green lacewing (Chrysopa sp.), sometimes referred to as the greenhouse lacewing. The adult lacewing is 1 1/2" to 3 1/4" in length with a slender body and long delicate green wings. Eggs are deposited in clusters on thin stalks, usually on the underside of leaves.
Combined applications of lacewings in conjunction with other beneficials such as trichogramma wasps can effect a viable pest control program. It is important to note that lacewings alone are not the complete answer to pest control. Lacewings are an effective tool when used in conjunction with other naturally occurring beneficial insects. Any sound pest management program requires continuous attention to detail and good professional advice.
Ladybugs are probably the best known Beneficial Insect! The adult is generally orange with black spots on the wing covers. Ladybugs feed on aphids, small worms, and a variety of insect eggs. To release Ladybugs, early morning or late evenings are best when they are calm and slow moving. Open the container and distribute the Ladybugs throughout the plants or trees, covering as much area as possible.
Kunafin recommens the release of Trichogramma and Lacewings in conjunction with Ladybugs for a well-rounded biological integrated insect control program.
Not sure what you need? Please use the form at left or call us at (800) 832-1113 for a FREE consultation from a staff entomolgist.