While Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a blend of art and science where experience and rules of thumb are relied upon heavily, a quality IPM plan can be fine-tuned to meet the specific agro-economic needs of individual farms.
Some predators and parasitoids have proven to be very efficient at controlling mealybugs.
99% of the US’s grape is produced in California because of its favorable conditions, but the nice weather and moderate winter in the Golden State is particularly attractive to mealybugs.
There are currently hundreds of biological control agents commercially available. In this article, we explore the pros and cons of using parasitoids versus predators.
The two-spotted spider mite usually causes the majority of its damage early in the season, so special field scouting effort needs to be implemented from February to June in California and even into August in some locations (Santa Maria), December to April in Florida.
Conservation biological control (CBC) be summarized as the set of practices that aim to ensure that natural enemies have a suitable habitat capable of supporting their populations at required levels.
The technique of bolstering existing beneficial populations with mass-reared insects is referred to as augmentative biocontrol and presents many advantages compared to the use of chemical applications.
In this article, we will take a focused look at classical (or importation) biological control, which along with augmentative and conservation control is one of three primary disciplines of biocontrol.
Biocontrol is not a new concept. Ancient Egyptians used domestic cats to control the rodent populations that threatened their grain supplies, ancient Chinese citrus growers moved predaceous ant nests into their citrus fields…
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