Beneficial Critters

Your Garden Friends: Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis blog post
There are almost 2,000 different species of praying mantis in the world! They are called praying mantis because of their oversized long front legs that looks like they are praying. Praying mantis eat lots of insect pests in the garden as well as even some spiders, frogs, lizards, and small birds!

How to Attract or Encourage:

  • First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests.
  • Praying Mantis are happiest in grasslands areas. Attract them by having some shallow water nearby and plenty of shrub area for them to feel safe.
  • Praying Mantis eggs can be purchased on Amazon or bought at your local nursery. Set out 1 egg case per 2,000 square feet in your garden.

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