Integrated Pest Management
Beneficial Insects & More
"When you kill off the natural enemies of the pest, you inherit their work"-- C. Huffacker
Beneficial Insects are those that feed on other insects. They can be predators or parasites. Predators actually eat other insects. Many also feed on the eggs of other insects. Parasitic insects (also called parasitoids) will lay their eggs on or in a host insect. When the egg hatches the larva feeds on the host insect killing it.
The following sites will provide you with information on how to identify beneficial insects as well as how to attract them into your yard and garden. Their life cycles and feeding habits are also discussed so that you will not mistake an immature beneficial insect for a pest.
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