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Control methods - Biological control

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Biological control is a very important factor in stem borer management. There are many natural enemies of stem borers that occur naturally in rice fields. These include egg predators such as crickets, predators of adults such as bats and spiders, parasitic wasps that attack eggs and larvae, and pathogenic viruses and fungi that attack larvae.  Insecticides use should be kept to a minimum, to protect natural enemies.

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