The following is a brief listing of university and government Web sites on biological control and integrated pest management:
APHIS National Biological Control Institute (NBCI) USDA Animal and Plant Health Service http://www.aphis.usda.gov/nbci/nbci.html
APHIS Plant Protection Centers USDA Animal and Plant Health Service http://www.aphis.usda.gov/
Cornell's Biological Control Home Page Cornell University
North Carolina's National IPM Network (North Carolina State University) http://ipm.ncsu.edu/
Purdue's Biological Control Laboratory University of Purdue Cooperative Extension http://www.entm.purdue.edu/
University of California IPM Home Page University of California at Davis http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/
If you are in the market for beneficial insects, check your local hydroponics retailer, garden center or Futuregarden.com by clicking on the environmental menu tab.
Simple sticky cards like the one shown here (blue for thrips, yellow for whiteflies) allow the grower to keep small populations under control and determine at a glance how bad an infestation is.
Ladybugs (above) and the Praying Mantis (top) are welcome sights in any garden since they have a voracious appetite for most garden pests!
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