Insect Predators Parasitoids and Disease Causing Organisms

Outbreaks of insect pests in home gardens often result because the pests have no natural enemies or their natural enemies are lacking. The natural enemies of garden insect pests that play the greatest role in keeping pests in check are predators, parasitoids and disease-causing organisms. These natural enemies are found on a wide variety of crops-they go where the pest is. It is important that you be able to recognize these beneficial organisms, and not mistake them for destructive pests needing control.

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