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Local densities of predators, including ladybeetles, parasitoids, big-eyed bugs, and minute pirate bugs, increased with the application of artificial honeydew, consisted of sugar and wheast dissolved in water. Sugar, rather than wheast, was the active ingredient causing predators to aggregate, although wheast prolonged the effect of the sugar treatment for the ladybeetles. Furthermore, the artificial honeydew treatments had a marked effect for a period of one week. These results suggest a potentially important role of the use of synthetic honeydew as a means of pest control in an Integrated Pest Management system.
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