Habitat planning; what is your biodiversity quotient? 

Conservation biocontrol is defined by the Xerces Society as the "integration of beneficial insects back into crop systems for natural pest control." There is a demonstrable link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms. 

So how do we conserve natural habitat for beneficial insects? Here are some tips: 

  • Map out your farm, and decide where the plant associations will have the most benefit. Keeping a few native flowering plants on your field edges can greatly reduce pest presence. 
  • Avoid plants that could be infested. Pests prefer crops grown in high densities, so consider providing a variety of native grasses, wildflowers, or shrubs. 
  • Consider the needs of the beneficial.  Ground beetles require grasses to hide from other predators and reproduce. 
  • Follow the link below for a list of beneficial species and the native plants that attract them. The full document is available here. 
Beneficial species and their native hosts

Some things to look for in your crop.  

Syrphid Flies

Plant sweet alyssum to provide habitat for syrphid flies- otherwise known as hover flies. Widely dispersed in nature, these beneficials will flock to your pest populations with a little encouragement. 

Carabid ground beetles

Hundreds of ground beetle species exist in North America. By keeping native grasses near your field edges, you can provide shelter and habitat for these beneficial beetles. 

Just in time for that last seed swap! 

Sweet alyssum attracts beneficial species like  Syrphid fly, Stethorus species, and the Tachinid fly. Let us help you start habitat-building with this easy to grow sweet alyssum.

Free seeds to get you started!

We're sending out seeds to all of our customers for the next few weeks. If you haven't had the chance to get some, click the link below! We will add a packet to your next order. 

Get your free seeds here

No room for companion plants?

PredaLure uses a non-toxic attractant that signals to local predators that prey are nearby!

Set out one of these packets every few weeks and see an increase in lacewing and ladybug populations. 

Hungry for more?

Click the link below to read more on conservation biocontrol. 

Habitat Planning
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