It’s yard clean-up time – removing any remaining fruits and vegetables from the ground and trimming trees and shrubs that have dropped their leaves. Don’t remove everything – keep in mind what the natural enemies in the garden need, even during the winter: food, water, and shelter.
Who are the natural enemies? They are the predators, parasites, and pathogens (disease producing organisms) that control insect and mite pests. They include many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles, as well as insects and spiders. Learn about the “Ten Most Wanted” bugs in the garden and how to attract and keep them in your yard.
Want to learn more about pest control Nature’s way? Check out Pests and Their Common Natural Enemies; it identifies common garden pests and their specific biological enemies.
Visit our Protect Page to learn more about natural enemies and beneficial insects.