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  • Praying mantis eat Lantern flies, Stink Bugs and garden pests

    November 24, 2023 3 min read

    When it comes to natural pest control, few creatures are as effective as the praying mantis. These fascinating insects are not only a marvel to observe but also play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. In this blog post, we will explore how praying mantises serve as nature's pest control experts, specifically targeting lantern flies, stink bugs, and other garden pests. 

    What makes the praying mantis a natural pest control solution?

    The praying mantis is a formidable predator that feeds on a wide range of garden pests. With their sharp forelegs and lightning-fast reflexes, they are well-equipped to catch and devour insects that can cause significant damage to plants and crops.

    Which pests do praying mantises target?

    Praying mantises have a diverse diet and are known to prey on various garden pests. Some of the common pests that mantises feed on include:

    • Lantern flies
    • Stink bugs
    • Aphids
    • Caterpillars
    • Mosquitoes
    • Grasshoppers
    • Murder Hornets

    By targeting these pests, praying mantises help to control their populations naturally, reducing the need for harmful chemical pesticides.

    How do praying mantises hunt?

    Praying mantises are ambush predators. They patiently wait for their prey to come within striking distance before launching a lightning-fast attack. Their excellent camouflage and ability to remain perfectly still for extended periods make them highly effective hunters.

    Once a mantis spots its prey, it strikes with lightning speed, using its sharp forelegs to capture and hold the victim securely. It then devours the prey alive, ensuring a fresh and nutritious meal.

    How can gardeners attract praying mantises to their gardens?

    If you want to harness the power of praying mantises for natural pest control in your garden, there are a few things you can do to attract them:

    1. Plant native flowers and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen, as these will attract insects that mantises feed on.
    2. Provide a water source, such as a shallow dish with fresh water, to attract mantises.
    3. Avoid using chemical pesticides, as these can harm mantises and other beneficial insects.
    4. Consider purchasing praying mantis egg cases from reputable suppliers and releasing them in your garden. USMANTIS.com a New York Company stocks them year round.

    By creating a welcoming environment for praying mantises, you can encourage them to take up residence in your garden and help keep pest populations in check.

     Learn about the different species of praying mantis that can be found in North Americas

    While praying mantises are excellent natural pest control agents, their populations are facing threats due to habitat loss and the use of pesticides. It is crucial to protect these beneficial insects and ensure their survival.

    By embracing sustainable gardening practices, avoiding harmful chemicals, and creating habitats that support mantis populations, we can all contribute to the preservation of these incredible creatures and the natural balance of our ecosystems.

    So, the next time you spot a praying mantis in your garden, take a moment to appreciate its role as nature's pest control expert. These fascinating insects are not only a joy to observe but also valuable allies in maintaining a healthy and thriving garden.

    You can find or buy mantis Eggs called "Ooths" and place them ig your garden or greenhouse to protect your plants.

      The most popular mantids native to the United States are 

    • Tenodera sinesis "Chinese Mantis" 
    • Stagmomantis carolina "Carolina Mantis"
    • European mantis Mantis religioso
    These eggs Ooth' can hatch 200 babies and they start eating pests at 2 days old. The eggs are laid in the fall and stay over the winter to hatch in the spring. They also can be kept in the refrigerator veggie bin till needed and hatched indoors in a container or placed out doors when temperatures are 70 degrees Fahrenheit or above the spring. 

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