Monday, January 25, 2010
There is a new mealybug in Fl. Nipaecoccus viridis (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) (Lebbeck Mealybug). There is a fact sheet available on this new pest from the Florida Department of Agriculture here.
For more information you can visit: USDA Lebbeck mealybug
In PA growers are finding that using biological control is work well for the control of pest mites in their crops. With the use of predatory mites and a specialized ladybird beetle that are reducing the amount of pesticides used. Read more...
ScienceDaily (2009-12-28) -- When spider mites attack a bean plant, the plant produces odors attracting predatory mites. These mites then exterminate the spider mite population, thus acting as a type of "bodyguard" for the plant. However, if the plant is simultaneously attacked by whiteflies, insects that are related to aphids, the plant becomes less attractive to the mites and therefore more vulnerable to spider mites, say entomologists. Read more...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Koppert Biological Systems has developed a new product to help with the release of Amblyseius californicus. The are slow release bags called Spical-Plus, you can hang in crops allowing the predatory mites to slowly release. They are used to control spider mites and several tarsonemid mites. For more product info click here