Organic Lettuce Farmers Use Anoles for Pest Control

Read all about it in this post onĀ Deadspin.

Update March 13, 2014: Here’s a less happy story on the same theme.

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

3 thoughts on “Organic Lettuce Farmers Use Anoles for Pest Control

  1. This may be a funny idea, but actually..
    In the Netherlands vegetables grown commercially ‘under glass’.. i.e. in greenhouses -(peperoni, cucumber, tomaties etc.) are occasionally grown more or less ‘organic’. Then pests are controled by predators. Featherlegged spiders -Ulobolus plumipes- are a common ‘pest’ as they spoil the vegetables with their webs and they tend to catch braconid wasps that are used as pestkillers. To ‘organically’ control these spiders several farmers have introduced Anolis carolinensis in their greenhouses. Only temporarily I am afraid. I doubt if they last more then a season.

  2. Being a Pest control provider here in southern California, I can tell you that integrated pest management is the way to go. Avoiding Pesticides altogether should be everyone’s goal. We try to remedy our customers pest problems with alternative methods like this but it can be difficult. Its always encouraging to see posts like this . Pest Control Providers need help developing ways to stay pesticide free!

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