NATURAL PEST CONTROL WITH PRAYING MANTIDS
Beneficial insects prey on the insects gardeners detest, keeping
insect populations in check.
Praying Mantis is a general predator of most garden pest insects, mites,
eggs, or any insect in reach. The Praying Mantis is an interesting and
enjoyable beneficial insect to have around your organic home garden. It
is the only known insect that can turn its head and look over its
shoulder. Mantis lie in wait for their food and when close enough, snap
it up with a lightning movement of their strong forelegs. Measurements
of their reflexes show they react more than 2 times quicker than
houseflies. Mantis have enormous appetites, eating various aphids,
leafhoppers, mosquitoes, caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects when
young. Later they will eat larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers,
crickets, and other pest insects.
You need a good eye to spot one, because their coloration and shape
provide them with perfect camouflage among the garden plants. When the
nymphs hatch, they're so hungry they sometimes eat their siblings.
Praying mantises (mantids) are one of the most aggressive predators in
the garden. Mantids will prey on almost any insect they can overpower.
Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may
adversely affect Mantid's survival. Broad spectrum and systemic
insecticides are toxic to praying Mantids.
Praying Mantis Kits are available for purchase online. Might be worth