Tips to Release Beneficial Insects In Your Fall Garden
The presence of beneficial insects is a safe approach to controlling garden insect pests, this method which is also known as biological control has proven to safeguard against contamination especially when growing edible crops. The use of biological control is a natural ( nature’s way) occurrence, but history records that this method of biological control “first emerge in the 1870s”
It’s recorded that ” the US, Missouri State Entomologist C.V. Riley, and the Illinois State Entomologist W. LeBaron began within-state redistribution of parasitoids to control crop pests”.
From that date to the present biological control has become popular and is used not only on a commercial level for example farmlands, nurseries, and other plant growers but also in the homegardens as well. If you’ve ever thought of using this safe approach in your home garden then continue reading as we go more in-depth on how to release beneficial insects in your fall garden. This simple yet effective method has proven to give great results.
When to Release Beneficial Insects in Your Fall Garden
Beneficial insects can be purchased from your plant nursery or garden center, or can be ordered through the mail, before purchasing however ensure that the insects are alive and healthy, the best time to release these insects is during the morning hours right before the sun rises or evening hours when the sun is about to set. Otherwise releasing them during the day hours may encourage them to fly in the neighbor’s garden or some other nearby garden. The low light will help them not to be so active as to fly away but cause them to settle down in their new home which is your garden When releasing beneficial insects release an ample or generous amount as close as possible to areas that are infested.
Remember to follow directions on the package on how to release them. Ordering the eggs of many of these beneficial insects has proven to be effective, simply sprinkle some of the eggs on and around the infected plant/plants.
An effective method that has also helped to attract beneficial insects into gardens and landscapes is installing plants that attract them. For example, the use of plants such as Anise, Parsnips, Parsley, Dill, Coriander, Tansy Lemon gem, are just a few among hundreds that can be used to attract these insects.
The Advantages of Biological Control
- Discourages food contamnation
- Discourages air and water contamnation
- Easy to implement
- Safe to use around humans and pets
- Safe to use around wildlife
The Disadvantages of Biological Control
- It’s a slow process, and should only be considered if the insect pests population is at an acceptable level, otherwise, chemical control such as organic pesticides may be used if garden insect pests numbers are at an unacceptable level
Other articles on Beneficial Insects
In case you missed it here are other articles on beneficial insects.
- How to attract beneficial insects to your fall garden
- How to attract beneficial insects to control garden pests
- Releasing and keeping beneficial insects in your garden
- How to control fall garden insects
The final word on how to release beneficial insects in your fall garden
Beneficial insects have proven time and again that they can get the job done these insects, police our gardens and landscape areas protecting our plants, this guide will help you to bring garden insect pest control. Be good to your plant and the environment by using this method, you will be so happy with the results as garden insect pests are stopped in their tracks.
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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.