Protect your Garden Predators!

Predators are one of the primary groups used in the biological control of insects and mite pests. These include some of the larger insects and spiders along with amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Spiders are major predators in the garden. Most common garden spiders are observed in the open during the day are not likely to bite you or cause lasting harm if they do bite you. Spiders whose bites might require you to seek medical attention spend most of their time hidden. Watch this to learn more about common garden spiders.

Common predators of insect and mites include birds, lizards, lady beetles, green lacewings, ground beetles, soldier beetles and syrphid flies.  Get an overview of beneficial predators or print out this list of the predators that you may find in your garden, and match them to the photos.  If you find any of these beneficial critters in your garden, here’s how to help keep them there: 

  • Protect them from disturbances like garden maintenance (pruning, trimming, mowing, blowing, raking)
  • Provide additional nectar or pollen sources, alternate hosts, and shelter
  • Avoid the use of any pesticides; if absolutely necessary, confirm before use that the product to be used is not harmful to beneficial insects.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Scroll to Top