Pest Problems

There are two groups of insects that exist in the nature. The group of insects that benefit us as pollinators, natural enemies of insect pests, producers of honey, lac and silk are considered as beneficial insects. Whereas the group of insects that are directly or indirectly responsible for the monetary losses (yield and quality) to many field crops, fruits, greenhouse crops, ornamental plants, stored grains, and permanent structures like houses (termites causing damages to homes and other buildings), and causing injuries and transmit diseases to animals and humans are considered as pests of plants and animals, respectively. Insect pests can cause damage to almost all plant parts including roots, stems, branches, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. Of the four developmental stages including eggs, larvae, pupae and adults, only adults and/or larvae are known to cause actual damage to plants.

The following is a list of insect pests which cause damage. Click the insect name to learn more about it and what natural predators are shown to be effective against them. Not all pests currently have information, but check back soon!

  • Aphids
  • Armyworms 
  • Borers
  • Cutworms
  • Flea beetles
  • Fugus gnats
  • Grasshoppers
  • Leafhoppers
  • Leafminers
  • Mushroom flies
  • Rootworms
  • Semiloopers
  • Spider mites
  • Stinkbugs
  • Weevils
  • Whitegrubs