assasin bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Studio City, Ca
Question by robinhaffner1
January 25, 2011
Have read that Assassin bugs are good for aphid control. What are Assassin bugs and do they control other pests?


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Answer from NGA
January 25, 2011

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Assassin bugs kill many garden pests including aphids, flies, mosquitoes, beetles and large caterpillars. They are beneficial in the garden because they eat many non-beneficial insects that are pests to farmers and gardeners. Assassin bugs lie in wait for insects and then stab the prey with their proboscis (beak) and inject a toxin that dissolves tissue. The assassin bug then sucks up the other bug's tissues. Many Assassin bug species attack quickly, and paralyze their prey. This is how they got their name. Sometimes, when other food isn't available, assassin bugs even eat each other. The females may be the better "assassins" because they need protein to produce their eggs.

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