• **BENEFICIAL ORDERING INFORMATION**

    Plan ahead when using beneficials! Beneficials insects for sale must be ordered by Monday and Wednesday before 12:00 noon for delivery the following Friday and Wednesday respectively.

    Lacewing eggs and ladybugs are shipped on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    We will make every attempt to have your order delivered as quickly as possible. However, due to unpredictable weather, production variation, holidays, etc., some shipments may be delayed.

    The effectiveness of any pest management program will depend greatly on early detection, proper release rates, maintaining the proper environment and, your cultural practices. Biological control methods need some time to become well established. Successive release are often necessary to help establish overlapping generation of the beneficial may need to be delayed until the pest population has been reduced by other means. We will be happy to assist you with developing a biological control program. 

    We may also have access to newly cultured beneficials not listed here.

     

    Integrated Pest Management

    (IPM) is the combination of several methods of managing insect problems.

    These methods may include some or all of the following:

    • Environmental Control                              
    • Insect Barriers                                  
    • Insect Traps
    • Insecticides and Fungicides                        
    • Beneficial Organisms                        

    The goal of IPM is not necessarily the eradication of all pests, but rather, the control of the pest population to achieve a balance so that no economic damage is being caused by the pests. A limited amount of the pest will continue to survive in your crop, regardless of the method of control you choose. Using chemical insecticides should only be considered as a last resort, and if the IPM is begun early and practiced properly, chemicals may never have to be used.

    Using beneficial insects for greenhouse is safer than chemicals, and is generally less expensive. It takes some time to get the beneficials established in your crop, so you need to begin planning your program early, preferably six months in advance. When preforming integrated pest management practices, monitoring the harmful pests is important. Use Sticky Strips or Sticky Cards at the rate of at least one per 250 sq. ft.  If thrips are suspected, use blue sticky traps in addition to the yellow ones. 

    Our technical service staff can help you determine the right beneficials program for your green house. We handle several beneficials, a few of which are listed below. If you are in need of beneficial insects for sale that are not shown, we can probably get them for you.