Beneficials flying right to your door, for FREE. How you can attract native beneficial species to your operation.
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.