University of Maryland Extension

Natural Enemies

Beneficial organisms assist gardeners by reducing pest problems. Know which insects are working with you to control pests and commit to practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a common sense approach to pest control giving acceptable control with the least environmental impact. The goal: minimize the use of pesticides through the judicious use of IPM tactics and strategies.

Learn About Two Types of Natural Enemies

Parasitoids - are insects that lay their eggs on or within other insects, and the young that hatch will live and feed in their host insect, eventually causing its death.

Predators - range from insects that eat other insects, to vertebrates like toads and birds that also feed on insects.

Additional Resource

(PDF) HG 62 - IPM: A Common Sense Approach to Managing Landscape Problems

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