The Top 5 Beneficial Insects We Use In Hawaii

With a bit of knowledge you will be able to sit back and let the beneficial insects do all the hard work for you! We use many different insects combined with specific techniques and strategies to help property owners protect themselves from damaging pest infestations without the use of chemicals.

If you observe any of these insects on your plants or in your environment, please support and encourage them because they make it possible for your property to be chemical free.

Here is a list of the top 5 beneficial insects that we use on a day-to-day basis:

Parasitic Wasps

These wasps are so small, they are hard to see with the naked eye.  The wasps lay their eggs into the target pest and after consuming the target pest, and adult wasp emerges.  We use several species that prey on whitefly, aphids, mealybug and scale.  Despite their small size these wasps are the “heavy lifters” of our program.  Always on duty, once established, these wasps regulate pest populations very effectively.

Mealybug Destroyers

A general insect pest predator, they have several larval stages.  All the larval stages and the adult beetle eat pests.  The larval stages look like small white dust mops and the adults look like lady beetles with black bodies and a bit of red front and back.

Lacewings

A general pest predator with several larva stages.  The lacewing larva are such aggressive predators that the female lays the eggs up on filaments so the larva do not prey on each other.

Whirligig Mites

A general predatory mite.  These mites are part of the arachnid family and a benefit to the natural system.  They are bright red and very fast.  The whirligigs chase down and consume multiple landscape pests.

Lady Beetles

A versatile general predator, these beneficial insects are the colorful ambassadors of our program.  These beneficial beauties eat several insect pests and are easy to find within a healthy landscape.

**Bonus – Insectivorous Birds

Most songbirds eat insects and are of great benefit to the landscape.  One of the most visual and auditory signs that the Big Island Beneficials program is in full swing is the return of the birds to the trees.  Birds will clean pests off of tree leaves all day if those pests are not poisoned with pesticides.  With the removal of toxins from the landscape the birdlife can thrive and the landscape benefits from the natural processes they bring.