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Natural Enemies

praying mantis
Praying mantis eating a brown marmorated
stink bug 
Photo: Susan Levi-Goerlich

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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