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Beneficial Insects: Green Lacewings

The green lacewing (Chrysoperla sp.) is a common beneficial insect found in the landscape. They are a generalist predator best known for feeding on aphids, but will also control mites and other soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs and whiteflies. The adult green lacewing has a long slender green body and golden eyes. It has prominent wings with lace-like veins. An adult will be approximately 0.75” in length. They are typically night flying insects.  Females can lay up to 200 tiny, oblong eggs on silken stalks attached… Read More →

Barklice: Not as bad as you think

Walking through the neighborhood this weekend I noticed several trees with patches of webbing on their trunks. Barklice are back and doing what they do best; feeding on fungi, algae, dead bark and other organic materials. Description Barklice are not true lice and are harmless to humans and pets. They are small, soft-bodied insects with two-pairs of well-developed wings in the adult stage, but the adults of some species can have reduced wings or none at all.  Eggs are laid singly or in clusters and undergo simple metamorphosis… Read More →

Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Every year gardeners lose numerous plants to insect pests. However, there are practices a gardener can employ to decrease pest pressure.  Nature has natural enemies and their diet consists of the pests that ravage your tomatoes, cucumbers and begonias. Start with good horticultural practices in your garden. Prepare the planting site properly. Start with healthy plants. A stressed plant is a vulnerable plant so maintain the proper moisture and fertility. Use mulch to conserve water, reduce the weed population and to help improve the soil. A diversified planting… Read More →

Integrated Approach to Greenhouse Pest Control

The use of beneficial insects to help control greenhouse pests continues to increase. Growers are continually looking for ways to efficiently and effectively control their pest problems. Integrated pest management (IPM) uses biological control agents as an alternative to, or in conjunction with compatible pesticides. Greenhouse pests reside in an ideal environment in which to live and breed; and an abundant supply of plant material on which to feed. Such conditions can result in rapid multiplication of pests which, until now, has required regular and routine spray programs…. Read More →