Nelly Bassily | February 1, 2010
In our story from Kenya, we heard that ladybird beetles can help control green scale pests in coffee plantations. This is an example of biological pest control, a method of reducing pest populations by using their natural enemies. In the context of biological pest control, the ladybird beetle, or lady beetle, would be described as a “beneficial insect.”
As this week’s script explains, the lady beetle can be used to manage many pests. And there are many other beneficial insects that can play this role. Read on for more details on how farmers can use biological pest control to protect their crops without using pesticides.
This script can be found online at: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/72-4script_en.asp.