There are many insects found on agricultural land. Not all insects are bad pests. They are no threat to crop production but beneficial to the farmers in different aspects, as Natural enemies, Pollinators, productive insects, Scavengers, weed killer and Soil builders. Some insect species referred to as beneficial insects may provide a long-term sustainable pest control solution by preying on the bugs that do a great deal of damage to your garden and backyard plants.
Find out which of these beneficial insects work best for your situation and start planning on how you can better grow the plants the insects are attracted to.
Remember, biological control methods like using these insects should not be viewed as immediate solutions. In most cases, it may take from a couple of days to a few weeks to see any sort of result. Be patient and make sure you are playing your part by providing suitable habitat for the beneficial insects to co-exist with your healthy garden.
Ladybugs can consume more than 5,000 aphids during their lifetime.
Preys: aphids, whitefly, mites, fleas, Colorado potato beetle.
Mantis can turn their heads 180 degrees to view their surroundings.
Preys: wide range including caterpillars, moths, beetles, gnats, and crickets.
Spiders threaten insect pests with various foraging strategies. As well as consuming large numbers of insect pests as prey, they have the trait of killing all insects living in their territory.
Preys: bed bugs, aphids, roaches, grasshoppers, mosquitoes, and fruit flies.
They are generalist predators, meaning they feed on a wide range of pests including aphids, moth larvae, beetle larvae, mites, and more. A few specialists feed on snails using specially-adapted mouthparts. Many species are omnivorous, feeding on weed seeds as well; this is commonly referred to as seed predation.
They are most efficient at controlling aphids, they also help control other soft-bodied insects.