Natural enemies--the good guys
Natural enemies are organisms that kill, or reduce the ability to reproduce, or otherwise reduce the numbers of another organism. Natural enemies are important for managing pest insects using the least toxic methods. Natural enemies of insect and mite pests include predators, parasites, and pathogens.
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- Natural Enemies Gallery on the UC IPM website.
- Biological Control and Natural Enemies Pest Note from the UC IPM program. (PN 74140)
- Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden (PDF 171kb) describes a variety of plants that will attract the insects you'd love to have as helpers in your garden. (GN 129)
- A Pocket Guide of Natural Enemies (PDF 956kb) from Oregon State University contains descriptions of common natural enemies with photographs of their various life stages from eggs to adults.
ANR = free publication from the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog
PN = free publication from UC Integrated Pest Management
EHN = Environmental Horticulture Notes from the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
GN = Garden Notes from the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
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