Insectary plants offer a valuable benefit by increasing the abundance and effectiveness of natural enemies that control pest populations.

By strategically planting and maintaining insectary plants, you can attract, feed, and shelter natural enemies essential for pest management in crops and gardens. This supports sustainable practices, reduces the need for pesticides, and promotes a healthy ecosystem. Proper selection and care of insectary plants can optimize their utility and contribute to pest suppression effectively.

Insectary plants increase the abundance and effectiveness of natural enemies that help suppress pest populations. The utility of insectary plants to attract, feed, and shelter natural enemies varies with the specifics of their planting and maintenance and the associated crop or garden situation.

Why gnats are so annoying?

Gnats are as small as specks of dust and deviously target mouths, eyes, and ears. Remarkably agile, they elude waving hands and always seem to come back to annoy again.

How do you use Beneficial Insectary packets?

If your sachet is less than 5 weeks old, all you do is leave them in the plant and try to avoid getting the sachet wet. The insects release on their own through a very small hole in the sachet. These sachets are non-toxic and non-hazardous. If your pet accidentally ingests the sachet it will not be harmed.

What do gnats turn to?

Gnats undergo four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Once they become adults, gnats do not live that long. With that being said, gnats can still pose a problem in your home. It doesn’t take much for a gnat to get into a home, especially since they are so small.

How many locusts in a pack?


SKU Average Size Average Number of Locusts
A022 10-12mm 40
A017 12-20mm 25
A012 20-35mm 20
A007 35-50mm 15

Do wasps like hostas?

Additionally, limit the amount of foliage plants in your garden that wasps may find attractive, like caladium, ferns, hosta, heuchera, and succulents.

Insectary plants and food plants

What is the meaning of insectary?

: a place for the keeping or rearing of living insects.

What is a natural remedy for flies on plants?

Mix four parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide and soak your soil with the solution. Neem oil can also be diluted with water and applied to the soil to kill larvae. You can also use neem oil as a spray to kill adult flies on contact.

How does insect powder work?

There are other dusts known as tracking powders that are effective for insect and rodent monitoring and control. Insects and rodents walk through the dust, pick it up on their legs and bodies or feet and fur, and either ingest the poisonous dust when grooming or by killing them on contact.

What is the packet in my hanging basket?

Each sachet is filled with tiny mites called Amblyseius. cucumeris, a natural predator that eats only bad bugs. (like thrips). Cucumeris are super fast and great at.

What is the lifespan of a locust?

An adult Locust is said to have a lifespan of 8 to 10 weeks, during this period the male Locust mates with the female of the species to reproduce and die.

How do you get rid of flies and gnats naturally?

Combine equal parts vinegar and soap and then add a few tablespoons of sugar – once you mix it all together you can place the bowl wherever the gnats have been gathering. They will be attracted to the sugar and vinegar and drown in the mixture. Traps can also be made out of red wine and dish soap, or rotting fruit.

What plants draw wasps?

Any flowers that feature the colors white, purple, blue, and yellow will be a significant attraction to predatory insects. Other plants can also attract them, like the sweet fennel spearmint due to their colors and the flavor of the beloved nectar they can provide.

What bugs stay in groups?

This definition excludes insect aggregations and swarms, which may also show group-level behavior, but lack the key element of cooperative brood care. Social insect species include all ants and termites; some wasps, bees, and ants; a few gall-forming thrips and aphids; and a bark beetle (Costa, 2006).

What keeps wasps out of your yard?

Spread Spearmint Oil Many plants secrete natural pest repellents. One of the most effective of these oils is spearmint. Spread spearmint or peppermint oil around your backyard or patio with a spray bottle to keep wasps away as well as other pests like mosquitoes, rats, and flies.

What plants attract the most flies?

Sunflowers, mint, and aster families (coneflowers, daisies, corepsis, yarrow) of plants attract predatory wasps and parasitoid flies such as hover flies. Hover flies (or syrphid flies) are one of only a few insects known to feed primarily upon nectar and digest pollen but will also feed on the honeydew of aphids.

What plants attract robber flies?

Adults require sugar as well as protein before egg laying, so they may be encouraged by planting nectar-producing flowers, such as goldenrod or Queen Anne’s lace.

How do I get rid of flies in my yard naturally?

Cayenne pepper is an excellent natural fly repellent that also deters many other insects. Mix one cup of water and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a misting bottle and spray it near entryways and wherever you see flies. Other natural fly repellents include lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, and cinnamon.

In conclusion, incorporating insectary plants into your garden or landscape design offers numerous benefits, such as attracting beneficial insects that help control pests naturally. By providing a source of food and habitat for these beneficial insects, insectary plants promote a healthy ecosystem, reduce the need for harmful pesticides, and ultimately contribute to sustainable gardening practices. Embracing insectary plants not only enhances biodiversity but also creates a balanced environment where plants, insects, and humans can thrive together harmoniously. Consider adding insectary plants to your garden to enjoy the many advantages they bring to both your plants and the environment.