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Garden Pests

Beneficial Insects

Use nature's own pest controls to protect your plants from insect damage!

Lady Beetle There are more than a million species of insects, but only a very small percentage of them are garden pests. In fact, more than half of all insects are predators or parasites of other insects. In recent years, researchers have identified many natural insect predators, parasites and pathogens-including green lacewings, lady beetles, trichogrammas and beneficial nematodes. And Gardens Alive!® offers nearly all that are proven effective.

People have relied on "beneficial insects" such as lady beetles to control insect pests for thousands of years.

Biological control of pests is neither a gardening fad nor a cure-all, but it is one of the most effective and responsible ways to control garden pests. Sure, you'll always have a few caterpillars and beetles nibbling your plants. But if you encourage their natural enemies to come and stay, most insect pest populations will remain at tolerable levels.

To introduce and encourage beneficial insects in your garden:

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