Lacewing larvae feast on these pests
- Grapevine mealybug, Planococcus ficus, in vineyards.
- Diamond-back moth, Plutella xylostella, which targets members of the Brassicaceae family.
- Cotton aphid, Aphis gossypií, which is a common pest on hundreds of recorded host plants.
- Yellow pecan aphid, Monelliopsis pecanis, which is a pest species on pecan trees.
- Citrus psylla, Trioza erytreae, which is a common pest on the leaves of Rutaceae trees.
- White powdery scale, Pseudocribrolecanium andersoni, a common pest on a variety of cultivated plants.
- Citrus thrips, Scirtothrips aurantii, a common pest on host plants with aromatic oils or terpenoids.
- Aloe aphid, Aloephagus myersi, a common pest on Aloes, Gasteria and Haworthia.
- Red scale, Aonidiella aurantii, a common pest on many indigenous and exotic trees and shrubs, and many members of the Rosaceae family.
Attract Lacewings to your garden
- Tolerate light outbreaks of aphids, as they are an important food source for lacewing and ladybug larvae.
- Remove covers from plants during the evening so that lacewings can scout for pests.
- Prevent the use of pesticides when lacewings are active.
- When you notice an aphid problem that needs immediate attention, spray the plants with a light solution of sugar and water (1 tablespoon sugar per 250ml water). The sugar water simulates aphid honeydew, which can quickly increase the visits of lacewings and ladybugs.