In the United States, growers who chose to save the natural habitat of the beneficial insects have been able to save $4.5 billion every year because these insects are the ones providing free pest control services.
Moreover, they are able to benefit an additional of more than $3 million because these beneficial pests are in charge of pollinating the crops. If you have a farm, these critters have proven to be a very valuable asset.
There is a new research that is being conducted by the University of Manitoba in order for them to learn more about these predator and parasitic insects such as their landscape, movement patterns as well as different crops where they thrive in order to determine the level of crop pest elimination that they provide.
Researchers were able to find out that majority of the predator insects including lacewings and lade beetles are looking for places outside of the field of crops in order to finish their life cycles.
According to the entomologist from the University of Manitoba during a presentation held in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Agronomist Conference, Alejandro Costamagna, there are a lot of insects in majority of the seasons that are looking for a place to stay outside of the field.
He also added that these insects are looking for specific things such as an alternative prey or hosts, sources of pollen and nectar, moderate microclimates, overwintering locations or host plants where they can thrive. These are important for them because parasitoids require energy in order to look for their prey.
There are a number of studies that have been conducted in different parts of the globe revealing the fact that pest control is higher when the environment is more diverse and the insects are able to find their natural habitat within or around the crop fields.
Costamagna is currently doing research on how to suppress soybean aphids found in Manitoba with the help of common predator insects including green and brown lacewings as well as lade beetles. If you are not sure about the pest thriving in your area, make sure to contact a professional Perth pest control to handle the situation.