‘Is there a natural or biological way to control this pest?” is a frequent question when dealing with insect pests. When I think of biological control, I think of the “three Ps” – predators, parasites and pathogens.

Predators are animals that capture and eat their prey. On a larger scale, we think of lions, tigers, wolves and bears, but in the insect world, most people think about lady beetles and preying mantids.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or jburbrink@purdue.edu.

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