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Control Garden Pests With Pests

By February 17, 2012

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Many parts of the U.S. have seen an extremely warm winter, which gets many of us thinking about and itching for spring and all that comes with it.

For better or worse, one of the things that comes with spring is a rise in insect presence and bugs in and around our homes. While this is often "for worse," there are many more "for better" insects than you may realize -- that is, beneficial insects that actually help control pest insects. There are even some insects that have both destructive and beneficial species, such as thrips.

In fact, according to a recent article in GPN magazine, many professional growers are discovering how well biological control agents work and how to easily incorporate them into pest management programs. Such biological controls include these beneficial insects, as well insect parasitic nematodes.

Although most biological controls cannot control high populations of insects, they can be a beneficial part of an integrated pest management program for your lawn and garden.

Photo: USDA/ARS by Scott Bauer

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