Meet the Beneficial Insects

Let Mother Nature handle your pest control.

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Soldier Bug Nymph snacking on a caterpillar
Soldier Bug Nymph
Big-eyed Bug
Big-eyed Bug
Ambush Bug
Ambush Bug

4. Predatory Bugs, including minute pirate bugs, ambush bugs and assassin bugs (soldier bugs, big-eyed bugs)
These bugs prey on many insects, including tomato hornworms, thrips, spider mites, many insects' eggs, leafhopper nymphs, corn earworms and other small caterpillars. Pirate bugs are attracted by willows, buckwheat, corn and nectar and pollen from many flowers. Predatory bugs are attracted to bunch grasses, shrubs and other permanent plantings that provide them shelter. A unique lure is available to attract emerging soldier bugs to gardens.

Photos:
Big eyed bug: Bradley Higbee, Paramount Farming, Bugwood.org
Ambush bug: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Soldier bug nymph: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

 

 

Learn how to attract beneficial insects to your garden to control pests.5. Ground beetles
Large, long-legged, shiny blue-black or brown beetles that hide under rocks and logs during the day, and are fast-moving when disturbed. They feed on slugs, snails, cutworms, root maggots, and Colorado potato beetle larvae. Attract them by providing perennial ground covers, stones, or logs. Rove beetles resemble earwigs without pincers, and feed on many insect pests and like similar conditions to ground beetles.

 
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