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Using The Praying Mantis For Organic Pest Control

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is an oddity with their large size and ability to turn their head 180 degrees. However, this odd little creature just might be an organic gardener’s best friend. For those who dread the thought of chemical pest control the praying mantis may just be a savior. What better form of organic pest control could there be? The praying mantises are effective at controlling problematic bugs and worms that can destroy a garden. They are great for both ornamental and vegetable gardens.

They are one of the few nocturnal predators capable of catching and eating moths. The moth itself isn’t a problem; it is their larvae that can destroy plants. In fact, these destructive larvae can destroy whole plants in a matter of days.

Rest assured, there is no need to worry about the larvae from a praying mantis as their young, called nymphs, are born already formed-no larvae stage. Best of all from a gardeners standpoint, moments after emerging the little nymphs are hungry and start hunting for prey to appease their hunger.

There are three stages to the praying mantis life cycle; the egg stage, nymph stage and adult stage. The life span of an adult praying mantis is typically six months.

The organic gardener needs to take care when pruning or cleaning up the garden in the fall so they do not unintentionally destroy any praying mantis eggs. Female mantises mate in the late summer and will lay her eggs in the fall. This is typically near the end of the female’s life cycle.

The female will generally deposit her eggs on a branch or twig but occasionally leaves them on walls, fences or under eaves. They are ensconced in a frothy liquid, termed ootheca, which will harden into an egg case about the size of a pencil and approximately an inch long.

Again, it is important that the organic gardener recognize the egg cases so they don’t inadvertently destroy them. They are most visible in the winter when trees and shrubs lose their leaves. Any of the cases found should be set aside and protected in a safe part of the garden if they must be moved. They should never be placed directly on the ground as ants find them to be a treat and will quickly consume them.

The young nymphs are only about the size of a small ant when they emerge but they are hungry little bugs. They will immediately begin assailing and eating leaf hoppers, gnats, aphids and other small insects.

An organic gardener knows that their garden relies on the delicate balance of predator and prey to keep unwanted pests at bay. Using the praying mantis is one of the most efficient and safest forms of organic pest control available.

The Life Cycle Of The Chinese Praying Mantis

When you first see an advertisement encouraging you to buy a praying mantis for sale you may want to know a little bit about the life cycle of a praying mantis. Praying mantises have a short but very interesting lifespan. One example of a praying mantis species with an interesting lifespan is the Chinese praying mantis

The life of a Chinese praying mantis starts as one of as many as four hundred praying mantis eggs in an egg sack. This sack can be as large as a ping pong ball. This egg sack is often found attached to vegetation. This vegetation can include bushes or trees. After emerging from the egg sack Chinese praying mantises begin to eat and grow. They eat other small insects. These insect include crickets, spiders, and cockroaches. Their diet of other insects has gained them a reputation as organic pest control and many people have begun placing Chinese mantises in their gardens.

As they continue to eat the Chinese praying mantis also continues to grow. Chinese mantises can grow as long as eleven centimeters, or more than four inches. This size makes the Chinese mantis the largest one found in North America.

Even as they continue to grow Chinese mantis have to worry about predators. In its’ native habitat the Chinese mantis is hunted by birds, other mantises, and the Asian Green Hornet, but in North America the Asian Green Hornet does not exist. Even though the Chinese mantis is not hunted by the Asian Green Hornet in North America its’ population is pretty well controlled by the large bird population found in North America. This prevents the mantis from becoming an invasive species.

When the Chinese mantis mates the female often consumes the male either during or after the mating ritual. Because of this habit the female mantis tend to have a much longer lifespan and also tend to grow much larger. This behavior is also seen in most other species of praying mantis.

Since the female mantis lives longer it sometimes has been observed consuming much larger prey. This prey can include small reptiles such as lizards or frogs. Occasionally the mantis has even been seen eating small hummingbirds. If you have praying mantises and you are trying to have hummingbirds around you may want to make sure to put your bird feeder and bird bath out of reach of the praying mantis.

Now that you know more about the Chinese praying mantises life cycle hopefully you will be more informed when you see a praying mantis for sale. They can be a wonderful form of natural pest control as they are proven bug killers. Also know that you know more you’ll be able to inform your neighbors and visitors that they are harmless.

The Joys Of Owning A Chinese Praying Mantis

If you are interested in a praying mantis for sale, or thinking of being an owner, then this article will be beneficial to you. First, think of owning your mantis for organic pest control. If you are deploying broad spectrum chemicals on your property, you won’t find one as Chinese Praying Mantis only are happy in environments that are free of chemicals.

But using the Chinese Praying Mantis for organic pest control is common. People often buy large supplies of nymphs each spring and place them in their garden. Ferocious predators, they work for you all their life of maybe a year, serving you well.

As a praying mantis pet, they are a good addition to your family. They reach about five inches long with colors ranging from pale green or tan with a distinct line of green running down its body. Blessed with a head shaped as a triangle that swivels, it is a superior hunter, as it will track without moving. Fascinating to watch, any insect that flies or creeps slowly past makes a yummy meal.

Harmless to humans, they can at times not be kind to each other. The praying mantis life cycle is interesting. Often after mating the female will eat the male to help feed the praying mantis eggs as well as nutrition to the mother. The sexual cannibalism is common. Mating usually begins in the fall. On the average, four hundred eggs are developed in a foamy mass that hardens into a capsule that can hang on a tree, placed on the ground, or any flat surface. Sometimes the mother will stand guard.

Watching for not hatchings of praying mantis are fun. Gather an egg case and find a brown bag of paper. Fasten it closed with a wooden clothes pin or a paper clip. Put the bag in a safe place in a warm sunny place. Check the bag on a periodic schedule and if you see babies, gently tag their home outside and place every few all over your property. You may have to wait for hatchings to appear in eight weeks so patience in this case is a future.

The three stages of the praying mantis life cycle are egg, then the baby nymph, and then swift growth to adult. Nymphs are without wings or genitals that function.

If you purchase a praying mantis as a pet, they adapt to the presence of humans and will become friends and low you to hold them by perching on your hand and often taking feedings from you. They are easy to care for but remember they must live alone. An exoskeleton is present and molting does occur as the mantis grows. In warmer climates, mantises live ten to twelve months. Cold climates are not kind to both male and female. Those mantises in captivity tend to live a few more months.

An interesting side note: Several martial arts moves and strategies have been developed in northern China, which are patterned after the Chinese Praying Mantis. In recent decades, popularity for these martial arts has increased in North America.

Praying Mantis Army Defends And Protects My Backyard Garden From Pests!

As young Boy Scouts growing up in the Carolina outdoors, we were fascinated with all of the animals, insects and other “critters” we could find in the woods and swamps of the Piedmont. But the praying mantis was always among our most sought-after finds – any large, voracious predatory beast like the praying mantis that would attack and eat lesser insects are always of tremendous interest to young boys, and having praying mantis pets in the home terrarium would make any boy the boss of his neighborhood.

I never captured one until many years later, on a late night fuel stop deep in the tobacco road region of South Carolina when my dream of having a pet praying mantis finally came true – a magnificent 5” specimen landed right on top of my car hood as I sleepily filled my tank. Moving slowly and deliberately as not to startle him into flying off, I managed to throw a pillow case over him and captured my trophy-sized Carolina Praying Mantis at last!

Once I got home and put him in a hastily-prepared terrarium made from an old fish tank, I immediately set out to learn every praying mantis fact I could find – learning how to feed and care for them, all about praying mantis life cycles, breeding, praying mantis eggs, etc – everything I could find in my encyclopedias and online. It was only then that I learned their tremendous potential for organic pest control that would allow me to convert my entire backyard garden to this natural pest control method – the Praying Mantis was the ruthless bug killer that would finally save my grape vines from the nasty little grub worms that had stripped entire stalks of leaves overnight!

As my two young sons captured and fed all sorts of bugs to “Attila”, our beloved 5” praying mantis pet, I excitedly ordered praying mantis eggs for our extensive back yard garden. The pods arrived in perfect condition, and I just placed them among the cornstalks, bean poles, grape vines and tomato cages in my raised square foot garden plots and left them to nature. Not long afterward, the pods just emptied themselves naturally, unleashing an army of hungry praying mantis predators to execute the preventative and natural pest control I wanted for my family’s vegetable garden.

Knowing that this little army of bug-eaters were hard at work, I warily skipped my yearly application of chemical pest control products, and hopefully crossed my fingers. Amazingly, while this brigade of aggressive pest predators still remained very difficult to spot at work in my garden, the entire crop thrived and produced the first worm-free corn stalks, grape vines, and healthy, uninjured vegetable plants in my entire gardening history! The Praying Mantis army had conquered and devoured pretty much every pest in my garden!

Praying Mantises As Bug Killers

Praying Mantises can be found for sale in many easy and convenient ways now. You can find them online on popular sites such as Amazon and eBay as adults or in egg cases. Adult mantises tend to run more expensive, while egg cases can be purchased in bulk. Cases are typically sold in sets of 5, with each case yielding 200-2,000 babies. These can be purchased for $17.99 to $35.00, but smaller lots of 3 can go for less than $10.00. Garden stores, such as big name chains Home Depot and Lowe’s, can sell tens of thousands of mantis egg cases each year. They are typically available January through April as mantises lay eggs in the spring and these cases need to be stored at low temperature to simulate the hibernation cycle.

If you’re wondering why these would be so widely available you’re asking the right question. There are many reasons why one might want purchase a Praying Mantis or mantis eggs, but one of the most beneficial reasons to have a Praying Mantis around is because of its inherent ability to keep away unwanted bugs. Many gardeners, who believe in an organic approach to gardening, work to avoid using pesticides and one way they do this by using mantises as a biological pest control. Each case contains about 200 eggs and covers about 6,500 square feet. At less than $10 a case this is a very affordable and environmentally free way to protect your garden.

Praying Mantises are natural predators to many types of bugs that plague gardens and yards. This includes: Japanese Beetles, the culprits that eat your beautiful roses, moths, whose larvae can destroy entire plants over the course of just a few days, grasshoppers, stink bugs, flies, aphids, and insects. Praying Mantises are predatory in nature but harmless to humans; therefore making a great natural remedy for unwanted pests in your yard or gardens. Praying mantises will be the gift that keeps on giving as you can look for your current praying mantis to lay egg sacks which you can take care of during the hibernation period in order to have more for the next season.

If you are a creative gardener who loves to promote and observe nature being nature than the use of praying mantises in your garden is the perfect option for you. These natural predators will create a welcomed balance in your garden oasis and will have all your neighbors asking what your secret is. You can sleep soundly knowing that you are not pouring any harmful chemicals into Mother Earth and are still able to produce plants and flowers of great size and beauty. Tap into this natural remedy today in order to produce the results that you are looking for.

Praying Mantises – An Amazing Form Of Preventative Pest Control

Insects and small reptiles can be a pest to people both in the yard and in the home. You may be tempted to spray your home with pesticides in hopes of keeping these pests at bay. However these chemicals only temporarily solve the problem. By putting your praying mantises in your yard you will be putting natural pest control in your yard that will lower the number of insects you see.

The praying mantis eats a diet that primarily consists of the meat from smaller insects and in some cases rodents and lizards. Since they don’t eat plants they pose no threat to plants in your yard or in your garden. When you put praying mantises in your yard you do not have to worry about them consuming your precious plants.

When looking for praying mantises you should strongly consider buying praying mantis eggs. An egg pouch can provide you with hundreds of praying mantises. The praying mantis life cycle is fairly short (about a year) and a single praying mantis will not be an effective enough bug killer but by using an egg pouch you will guarantee that you have enough praying mantises to deal with any pest problem you may be having and you these praying mantises will breed and provide you with future generations of bug killers.

One species of praying mantis to consider would be the Chinese praying mantis. This variety has been in the United States for over a hundred years as a form of organic pest control and there are no concerns that it may develop into an invasive species. This variety is very easy to take care of and if you put it in an environment with a large amount of pests the population should essentially take care of itself.

If you have young children in your household or visiting you may want to talk to them about the praying mantises in your yard. Children are often scared of insects and may harm the insect out of fear. By explaining that the praying mantis is a form of preventative pest control you will be able to teach them about the food chain and about the life cycle. What could have been a scary experience can become an educational one. One educational fact people may find interesting is that female praying mantises eat their mates soon after mating. They may also be interested to learn that praying mantises do not eat plants and only eat insects.

Praying mantises are an amazing form of natural pest control that will keep the pests in your yard and garden under control. Hopefully by having praying mantises in your yard you will also have a reduction in the amount of pests you see in your house as well.

Praying Mantis Eggs; The Chinese Mantis And How To Care For Its Eggs

Mantis ootheca on fence in Cala de Mijas, Spain
Mantis ootheca on fence in Cala de Mijas, Spain

There are well over two thousand four hundred species of mantis, but the one most people commonly agree is the best kind of mantis to raise, for those whom have never raised them before is the Chinese mantis. It is the largest species of mantis in Northern America and also a very excellent source of natural pest control. Praying mantis are for sale at many different kind of pet shops and can even be ordered in from other countrys (for those die-hard mantis fanatics).

Ootheca
Ootheca

The Chinese mantis, like most other kind of mantis, lay their eggs in a hardened, temperature protecting case, called a ootheca, egg sack or egg case. When first produced by the female the casing is soft but it soon dries and when it does it acts in much the same fashion as concrete. This hard casing protects the insects until they are ready to hatch, from both predators and the environment. Though all mantis lay eggs their egg casing differs markedly species to species in size, shape and color.

Caring for the Egg Case (ootheca)

When you have purchased a female mantis and she has laid her eggs you should not bother her. After about three to five days after she has laid her eggs, the casing will be hard enough to allow you to remove the ootheca. It is highly recommended that you remove the nymphs, not just because of temperature and environmental concerns which they require when hatching, but also because the female adult will likely eat all of the nymphs! Remember that the praying mantis is a cannibalistic species.

Japanese Mantis Ootheca
Japanese Mantis Ootheca

Once the ootheca has been removed place it a enclosure that is at least about 15 cm up and down and 8 cm side to side. There will be a lot of mantis babies so this makes sure there is enough room for all of them when they finally emerge. Also make sure that this container has a lot of ventilation so that the mantis babies don’t die from oxygen deprivation. If you are using something that does not feature mesh or similar material try punching holes in the material but make sure that they are very small or else the mantis hatchlings may swarm your home!

Container with Praying Mantis Eggs (Ootheca egg cases)
Container with Praying Mantis Eggs (Ootheca egg cases)

Place the ootheca on the lid on the inside of your enclosure and make sure you place it with the same orientation that the female did previously. The egg sack can be secured with tape. If you use tape make sure that none of the adhesive is exposing or it will trap and kill any hatchlings that are unfortunate enough to walk across it. A needle or similar item may also be used if you know where the eggs are and are not, this is generally the tip of the ootheca.

Nymph Mantises Hatching from Praying Mantis Ootheca

When the eggs are ready to hatch ensure that you keep both the humidity and temperature at the appropriate level for your species. Use a substrate at the bottom of your insect enclosure to ensure high humidity.

 

Praying Mantis – Natural Pesticide

There are so many chemicals that we get exposed to every day. It is in our food, our energy systems, our air, and even in our pesticides. Have you considered natural pesticides to reduce the insect elements in your flower or vegetable garden? Organic pest controls are the safe and chemical-free alternative. How about some insect on insect warfare? Praying mantis insects are a natural pest control agent. They are interesting for children to observe and study as well as being very effective insect repellents and a natural form of preventative pest control.

What can Praying Mantis Pets do?

Mantis species, like the Chinese praying mantis, are voracious eaters. They seem to eat all the time! This makes them very effective in reducing the damaging insect populations around your gardens. Many garden shops provide customers with praying mantis for sale. The natural, and chemical free bug killer, the mantis, will quickly deplete the insects that you do not want in your garden.

Self-sufficient

The praying mantis is a self-sufficient insect, too. The female praying mantis is definitely an asset because she will lay eggs. Praying mantis eggs hold around 100 to 400 eggs each. This population of mantis babies, when hatched, will begin eating right away, and start with the very small aphids and other vegetation eating insects. One egg case will support around 1600 square feet.

Praying Mantis Life Cycle

The praying mantis lives a long time, around six months from hatching to the end of their life. They are natural hunters that begin eating from the moment they emerge from their egg cases. The life cycle begins with eggs that are fertilized just before the winter. Their gestation period is about four months, emerging and ready to eliminate their insect foes.

When they first leave the security of their egg sacks they actually have more opportunity to eat each other. Praying mantis nymphs are actually weeding out the weaker of their species in this way because the strongest hunters will succeed and will progress on to adolescence. As a teenage mantis they will shed their skin to allow for growth to their full 1 to 6 inch adult length.

Since a mantis has a long life cycle, they are effective hunters for a complete season of planting. They can protect your flowers as well as your vegetables. They are not discriminatory, and will eat any insect pest that ventures into its domain. Since they reproduce in the late fall, once a person has purchased praying mantis eggs, they will likely have a lifetime supply through natural reproduction. Each year the garden should be equally protected as the population of mantis is maintained by food supply.

Praying mantis can be bought as adults in the spring, or as egg cases in the wintertime. Regardless of whether insects or their unborn offspring are purchased, this natural pesticide will keep your garden free of chemicals that may be harmful to yourself and your family as well as the environment. They are interesting and attractive to look at and they self-maintain through their own voracious appetites.

More Mantis Facts

Nymph Praying Mantises
Hatching Nymph Praying Mantises

When praying mantis eggs hatch, they do not produce larvae. Under the right conditions, young praying mantis is born as a nymph, fully formed. When it comes out of the shell, it is ravenous and begins searching for hapless prey. If it is in your home and you are trying to fight a roach problem, it will find them and eat them up.

You will want to watch for the tiny eggs that are smaller than grains of rice, so you can protect them. A female praying mantis will mate towards the end of summer. The fact that she will sometimes eat her mate is not a myth, but often, the male praying mantis will escape with his head intact. The female will then lay her eggs in the fall before the frost brings her death. You may find the eggs on branches, leaves, walls, under eaves, or along fences. A frothy “goo” called ootheca hardens to make the egg casing. It will be somewhere around ¼ to ½ inch long, about the size of a multivitamin.

Your baby nymphs will hatch in the spring, when insects are beginning to enter your home or garden and cause distress.

A praying mantis, or better yet, several praying mantises are one of the best forms of organic pest control available. If you can handle having an insect as a pet, they make excellent companions indoors, decimating your troublesome insect population. They may not be cuddly and soft, but they are quiet and very busy. You will not regret having a praying mantis nearby for your preventive pest control.

Praying Mantis Eggs



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A praying mantis is hands down one of the coolest pets to have! Whether you’re looking for a form of organic pest control or  a new pet praying mantis, it’s important to be aware of a few praying mantis facts before you get started.

Praying mantis eggs are called ootheca. I started raising mantises from the ootheca. Each of these praying mantis eggs, or egg cases, can produce between 100 and 400 baby praying mantises. If you are only looking to raise a single pet praying mantis this is probably not the route you want to take. If you are looking for an excellent form of preventive pest control,  or you’re looking to have a plethora of praying mantis pets, praying mantis eggs are a great option. Here’s a picture of one of these praying mantis eggs.

Praying Mantis Eggs
Mantis Ootheca

It’s not uncommon for praying mantis eggs to look different from other egg cases. It depends on the species and even then each one is unique.

Praying Mantis Eggs
Mantis Ootheca

Praying mantis eggs need a small amount of special care in order hatch. Temperature and humidity play a large part here so be sure to check out my other post on caring for praying mantis eggs. Here’s one more image of a female praying mantis creating an ootheca.

Praying Mantis Laying Ootheca
Praying Mantis Laying Ootheca