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Old 01-29-2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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Attracting Beneficial Insects
By Ellen M. Silva, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Attracting Beneficial Insects
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Attracting and maintaining a population of beneficial insects is important to managing pests in your garden with a minimum of pesticide sprays. Tiny parasitoid wasps are aggressive beyond their size when it comes to pursuing aphids and caterpillars. Lacewing larvae and ladybug larvae and adults make inroads on aphid populations. Ground beetles prey on a variety of ground-dwelling pests.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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Beneficial insects really do work to keep pesty plant damaging insects in check. But I have never ordered insects or nematodes.
Instead the garden is maintained in such a way as to be hospitable to a diverse range of insects,plants and animals. So far this has worked well with occasional flares ups of pesty creatures feeding and increasing the abundance of local beneficial insects. We have plenty of parasitic wasps, hoverflies,ladybugs and other such predatory insects that are readily seen, so I take it on trust that the soil creatures are doing well.
Practices that provide decaying organic matter on the soil, no chemical pesticides, and rotating the annual vegetables grown each year, plus growing plenty of native plants nearby seem to supply adequate numbers of a diverse range of benefical insects.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:25 PM   #3
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I think buying beneficial insects is a bad idea because of the chances of a new species being introduced and planting natives is cheaper. Since I planted my small native flower garden, I haven't had any problems with "pest", except Japanese beetles. I've added milky spores to the soil of my whole lot and the beetle seem to be less every year. If I see ladybird beetle larva or eggs on a weed, I leave the weed.

If you want beneficial insects in your garden, I think its important to recognized their eggs and larva. I've pulled weeds in the past with orange eggs and not know what they were and thrown them into the composter.
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"I think buying beneficial insects is a bad idea "... not necessarily.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:50 AM   #5
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For just a moment I thought this article would be about bigger predators. I'ts all in the wording, It worked to get me reading.

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