How To Use Beneficial Insects In The Garden

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Who wouldn’t like to have some extra help in dealing with garden pests. Having a patrol squad out cleaning up little outbreaks of aphids, thrips and mealybugs. One way you can get some help naturally is with – Beneficial Insects.

In this excellent video by Patricia Boudier of GrowOrganic.com, Patricia talks about what would be called the “general predators” – praying mantis, lady bugs and green lacewings. She shares:

  • Tips on when to release lady bugs, storing and adding some moisture when releasing
  • Tips on how to release Praying mantis, tying off it’s “shell” and protecting against ants until ready for work!
  • When to release lacewings which eat aphids, thrips, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites.
  • How beneficial insects arrive when ordered
  • Tips on keeping these beneficial insects around for reproduction.

It’s important to remember that when you are using beneficial insects you must be aware that any sprays you use to control pest may harm the beneficials as well, as Patricia says – “Grow Organic.”

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