Two Great All-Purpose Insects for Pest Control
Using insects can be a great way to help control pest and keep both small gardens and large-scale fields and greenhouses healthy and able to produce the desired amount of crops. The difficulty comes in knowing which insects to use because not all insects can handle every type of pest out there and many may become pests depending on the types of crops that are being grown. Below are two general purpose insects that can be great in helping maintain and control pest infestations. Listed are which pests they are best capable of handling and general help in how to most effectively use the insects.
Minute Pirate Bug
The Minute Pirate Bug, Orius insidiosus, are known to eat a number of small pests, but most notably thrips, including the adults. Other pests that can be controlled by the Minute Pirate Bug include the alfalfa weevil, aphids, armyworms, asparagus beetles, Mexican been beetles, bean thrips, beet armyworms, beet leafhoppers, brown almond mites, California laurel aphids, caterpillar eggs, coconut mealybugs, grape leafhoppers, greenhouse whiteflies, leafhoppers, potato leafhoppers, bean jassid, silverleaf whiteflies, spider mites, sweet potato whiteflies, and the two-spotted spider mites.
The Bugs are able to overwinter in most areas provided that there is a suitable habitat for them. The only warning is that they sometimes land on humans and bite them, but only at random. Insect repellants do no work and so the only defense is long clothing.
The Green Lacewing is often considered to be one of the top predators to use in pest management. The larvae are the predators as the adults only feed on nectar, pollen, and aphid honeydew. The larvae will eat the eggs and immature stages of aphids, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, leafhoppers, some beetle larvae, and the eggs and caterpillars of moths.
Both the Minute Pirate Bug and the green lacewing are great all-purpose insects. The difference is in how they deal with the infestation. The Minute Pirate Bug is better adapt at adult insects and can quickly control an infestation, while the green lacewing have a limited pest control effectiveness, being only able to attack larvae while in the larvae stage themselves. Both are effective and good choices in dealing with infestations and would make a wonderful addition to crop care programs
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