Westminster releases 100,000 beneficial insects

Michel Elben
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

More than 100,000 lady bugs, green lacewings and predacious mites were released Saturday at the Westminster City Hall, a joint effort by the city of Westminster, the Westminster Tree Commission and Bartlett Tree Experts to release beneficial insects.

Certified arborist Christian Fitzpatrick said lady bugs, also known as lady bird beetles, and green lacewings both feed on sap-sucking aphids and various types of scale insects. Predacious mites feed on mites that feed on the foliage of plants.

Releasing the beneficial insects is part of the continued effort by the Westminster Tree Commission to enhance the sustainability of the city's natural, urban environment, according to a news release from the city.

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