Why Natural Insect Control Works Better

Interplanting flowers with food crops will promote a balanced insect ecology, which in turn will enable natural insect control without the use of toxic pesticides.



natural insect control - Maine garden
This beautiful Maine garden produces fabulous food and bountiful blooms. Such interplanting is the key to natural insect control.
PHOTO: LYNN KARLIN
yellow cup plant
Thirsty? The unique leaves of this cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum) hold water for insects to drink.
CHERYL LONG
Japanese beetles
The white dots on the head of this Japanese beetle are eggs from a tachinid fly; the fly larvae will kill the beetle.
JACK KELLY CLARK/NATURAL ENEMIES HANDBOOK
wasp
What a snack! Many wasps feed on caterpillars that attack your garden crops.
ISTOCKPHOTO/VLADIMIR BLINOV
miniwasp
Many kinds of nearly invisible miniwasps parasitize eggs, such as those of the stink bug.
JACK KELLY CLARK/NATURAL ENEMIES HANDBOOK
ladybeetles
The three stages of the ladybeetle life cycle
JACK KELLY CLARK/NATURAL ENEMIES HANDBOOK
praying mantis
It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there. Here, a praying mantis munches a fly.
JACK KELLY CLARK/NATURAL ENEMIES HANDBOOK
toad in shoe
Lovingly named Ted, this toad loves to hang out in his shoe and eat bugs.
HARVEY USSERY
alligator-like critter
This alligator-like critter eating its prey is a beneficial lacewing in its larval stage.
JACK KELLY CLARK/NATURAL ENEMIES HANDBOOK
spined soldier bug
The spined soldier bug is a big fan of squash bug snacks.
BILL JOHNSON
flowers in garden
By interplanting flowering plants with your garden crops, you can attract beneficial insects.
GRANT HEILMAN PHOTOGRAPHY











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