Bug Scout 1981
Not All Insects are "Pests"
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
No one but Bug Scout can enjoy finding a fly in their soup!
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September 19, 1981

Proper pest control is dependent on pest identification.  Control procedures vary depending on the pest or stage of pest.  For instance, some insects, like the spittlebug on alfalfa, are pests as larvae.  The adult spittlebug is not a pest.

Other insects aren't pests at all.  Many are beneficial!

Praying mantids feed on a wide variety of insect pests.  Ladybird beetles and lacewings feed on aphids.  Mayflies provide an excellent food for freshwater fish.  Most insects are neither beneficial nor harmful; they are just part of the thousands of species of insects on the earth.

The next time some insect "bugs" you, find out whether it's a pest.  Spraying a non-pest insect may be fun, but it is a waste of money!  

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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