Organic Control’s adult Praying Mantis, Manny, was spotted on the green carpet at the 2019 Environmental Media Association (EMA) Gala! Kathy Kellogg Johnson walked the green carpet with Manny proudly on her arm. Hollywood stars Jaden Smith, Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Frances Fisher, Ed Begley Jr., and Nikki Reed (just to name a few) also walked the green carpet and rubbed elbows with our little garden guardian.

Debbie Levin, EMA CEO, and Jennifer Nickerson, City National Bank, (pictured) were amazed at the sight of Manny and astonished to hear about his impact on the environment. His presence at the Gala opened up many conversations about the use of beneficial insects and their valuable role in the garden.

EMA (the Environmental Media Association) serves as a link between the world of media and the environmental community, working tirelessly to bring the planet’s most pressing issues to the forefront and make true change by inspiring millions of people across the globe to live sustainable lifestyles and to use their voice to help our planet. Their mission is in alignment with ours. At Organic Control, we envision a non-toxic future where adding life to our gardens will be the norm, and harmful toxins can be reduced or eliminated from the food we eat and the beautiful gardens we enjoy.

Using natural predators to control garden pests has a multi-fold effect. Seeing the live creature inspires us to look more closely at our gardens for life. The realization that beneficial insects can replace harmful pesticides in our yards and gardens often sways people toward leaning on these amazing garden guardians. Many gardeners are following suit and we believe that the currently common use of dangerous chemicals will eventually be a thing of the past. The Praying Mantis and the many other beneficial insects that Organic Control brings to the marketplace remind gardeners everywhere that mother nature has already designed a natural system to manage pest control. We just need to work with her and not against her!

Keep up the good work, Manny!