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Agricultural Benefits of the Parasitic Wasp


A Parasitic Wasp is actually, or should actually be called a Parasitoid, as it does not feed on its’ host for life.  A parisitoid feeds on its’ host, then kills it!  Now this is probably gross to some (and yes this post will most likely give me a nightmare) but it’s kinda cool too, when ya think about it.  And yes, it’s true they ARE helpful to the agricultural world, which makes for a double cool thumbs up from me.

The parasitic wasp will tap into the very little buggers that, well, annoy us and cause great distress in our rainbows, butterflies and greener pastures factor.

There are many varieties of parasitic wasps but they all provide a benefit in one form or another.  They are often mis-identified as winged ants or stinging wasps.  However…

Wasps with Benefits

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Manure Management


Alright, I’m going to tell it like it is.  Everyone needs to learn to manage their………… manure! 😀

No matter how many horses or other livestock you have or where you live, manure management should be your #1 priority.  This is a natural breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes, gnats and bots.  Eliminate the breeding ground, annihilate the population.  Ok, that is hopeful thinking on my part as these little annoyances propagate faster than I can kill the little buggers.  But with proper care I can slow them to a more manageable capacity. 

This is a never-ending process and more so in the warmer months of the year.

For a healthier environment

 

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