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Natural Enemies in the home garden

Natural enemies are organisms that kill, decrease the reproductive potential or otherwise reduce the numbers of another organism. Natural enemies that limit pests are key components of integrated pest management programs. Important natural enemies of insect and mite pests include predators, parasites, and pathogens.


Click here to go to the Natural Enemies Gallery on the UC IPM website

Biological Control and Natural Enemies Pest Note from the UC IPM program.

A Pocket Guide of Natural Enemies from Oregon State University contains descriptions of common natural enemies with photographs of their various life stages from eggs to adults. (PDF 956kb)