foodnews 10.30.2015

Who knew all the uses of wasps? Pesticides, beverages? Oh, my.

There are plenty of ways to get rid of pesky pests, but farmers have lately been moving to more natural, less synthetic ways of ensuring their crops and herds are bug-free. Some opt for elaborate traps, some use adorable terriers, but the scariest option might be parasitic wasps.

These insects naturally prey on all kinds of pests we don’t like, from mealyworms in Thailand to horseflies in North America. The way they work is, well, pretty gross: They lay their eggs directly into the pest, and when the wasp eggs hatch, they eat their way out, killing their pest-home. It’s gruesome! Nature red in tooth and claw!

Read on at Modern Farmer.



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