(self perpetuating, a program that reproduces itself)
(needs less equipment, fuel, labor, and sprayable materials)
INSECT/MITE PEST CONTROL SYSTEM
(provides greater profits through use of effective renewable resources)
Conservative, economically functional, biologically diverse,
ecologically sound, “environmentally correct” all are descriptive of a biologically based, holistic insect/mite pest control system that ultimately contributes to FARM PROFITS. The strategy for development and maintenance of such a system is founded on practical disciplines already part of the farming experience. These disciplines are now united and focused on crop protection that avoids financial losses common to traditional pest control practices.
Component disciplines of Sustainable, Low Maintenance Pest Control include:
- Monitoring populations of beneficials and pests by regular, weekly, visual plant inspection and pheromone trapping provides early detection of population “trends”. Such information enables producers to regulate pest populations through conservative actions.
Cultural Practices such as leaving crop residue on the soil surface, planting field borders to flowering plants, and strip cropping aid in the retention and strengthening of Natural Enemy populations for long term insect population stability favoring beneficials.
of existing, local Natural Enemies allows them to increase and function more efficiently through greater numbers, earlier in pest cycles, and equates to relative stability of the Predator/Prey Complex. Avoid the application of toxic insecticides.
- Augmentation of Natural Enemies
through serial releases of host specific parasitoids and general predators, is appropriate for pest control when those natural enemies indigenous to the area are not adequate for the task of regulating pest populations.
- Selective Biological Insecticides
may be used in the least disruptive manner, controlling insect pests for which Natural Enemies are not commercially available. Examples: fungal, bacterial, viral insecticides and beneficial nematodes.
For assistance write BIOFAC CROP CARE P.O. Box 87, Mathis, TX 78368, firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Rules for Bio-Control Programs
- Match the “beneficial” (parasite/predator to the pest)
- Introduce “beneficials” at the correct time
- Release enough “beneficials” to establish control
Infallible Biological Drives
- All living things need nourishment
-- beneficials eat pests.
- The drive to reproduce
-- beneficials deposit young in the pest, killing the pest.
AUGMENTED BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN IPM
KEY BENEFICIALS VERSUS TARGET PESTS
Lep Eggs/Larvae; Aphids; Other Soft Pests
Big Eyed Bug
Lygus, Larvae, Aphids, Other Soft Pests
Eggs, Loopers,/Clery Leaftier/ Others
Soil Borne Insects
Baravia Basiana (Naturalis “L”)
Adult Weevils, etc.