Praying Mantis Pest Control
Spring is the best time of year to think about buying some Praying Mantis egg cases. Praying Mantises can patrol your garden and eliminate any pests such as aphids and Japanese Beetles. The best part is that Praying Mantis pest control doesn’t involve any chemicals or pesticides which can be dangerous to the environment. It is a good idea to order Praying Mantis eggs from a local supplier or else ensure expedited shipping. You want to minimize any risk to your mantises as a result of a long shipping adventure. Usually egg cases contain around 200 eggs which is sufficient for 6500 sq. ft. of garden space. Make sure you order an adequate supply in case of any unexpected problems like eggs not hatching or eggs damaged during delivery.
When you buy your egg cases, they will come ready to hatch in two to three weeks. You should place the egg cases in a sheltered location that is not in full sunlight. I take a few wire twisty ties and form them into a small little cradle. Then, I use use one or two more twisty ties to dangle the cradle and egg case from a limb that is a foot off the ground. You never want to place egg cases on the ground as the eggs will be eaten by ants. I try to place them near my rose plants so that they will have a few aphids to eat when they hatch.
If you keep any egg cases inside they need to be monitored daily. If you leave them in there for more than a day after the mantises hatch, they will start to eat each other. How terrible would it be to waste these magnificent creatures in this way. When you have noticed that they have hatched you will want to either feed them with aphids that you catch off your plants outside or release them right away. I have the tendency to want to spoon feed my little babies in this way before I let them loose out in the wild. They will at first eat soft insect pests like aphids and caterpillars. After that, they may eat larger pests.
And that’s all you need to know to get started fighting the good fight. Keep your eye out the following Spring for mantid egg cases on your fence or limbs of trees. With any luck you will have a few females that survive the wild outdoors and make a few egg cases. How wonderful it feels to improve nature and fight pests organically.
Some interesting facts about Praying Mantis Pest Control
- Mantids shed their skin several times throughout their short life span
- They can live up to 12 months, but most only survive until Fall
- Contrary to popular belief, the female mantid doesn’t always bite the male’s head off.
- Mantids are prey to birds and are careful not to fly at night
- Mantids do their good work of eating pests during the day
- 100-200 baby mantids hatch from most egg cases, but only about 20 survive
- As many as 1700 different kinds of praying mantis have been identified
- The front arms of a praying mantis are sharp
- Females mantids are bigger than male mantids
- If you’re cool, you call your mantids Tenodera Sinensis
- Praying Mantis pest control works on beetles, spiders, and even lizards and mice.
- When pregnant, a the heave egg filled mantid will not go airborne.
- Baby mantids will eat leafhoppers, aphids and small flies
- A praying mantis will bite the neck of an insect to kill it.
- A baby mantis is about the size of a mosquito