Sustainability Corner: Little “warriors” assist Riderwood

by Jack Vargo
Riderwood Grounds Supervisor

In May, our landscape partner, McFall & Berry, began a new program on the Riderwood campus. In keeping with the community’s efforts to promote sustainable practices and reduce our overall impact on the environment, McFall & Berry purposely released hundreds of praying mantises and lady bugs into our landscapes.

These “little warriors” will allow the Grounds Department to use fewer insecticides as they help us control aphids, white flies, beetles, mosquitos, mites, and others.

One ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids a day! Praying mantises target leaf-eating pests like beetles, but will also consume larger insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets, and cockroaches. McFall & Berry are committed to green and ecosensitive practices and have provided this unique service at no cost to Riderwood.

This means that we gain the benefit of these natural controls while reducing our overall operating expenses and simultaneously lessen our impact on the environment. Carry on warriors! Upcoming opportunities for action:

  • National Trails Day – June 3
  • World Environment Day – June 5
  • World Oceans Day – June 8
  • Global Wind Day – June 15

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