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Beneficial Insects - Parasitic Organisms

September 21, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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Parasitic beneficial insects are crucial members of your garden patrol. Calling an insect “parasitic” can be a tremendous compliment if you’re an organic gardener. Beneficial insects fall into three categories: Pollinators Bees and others that move pollen around. Predators Insects that eat other insects, such as predatory mites that eat other mites, or ladybugs that eat aphids. Parasites or parasitic insects These lay eggs in other insects and consume the other insect as it grows.…
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Roll out the floral carpet in your garden to attract beneficial insects and keep them there. In our new video Tricia talks about releasing predator beneficial insects into your garden as organic pest control. To make those beneficials happy you need to have some bad bugs present for them to munch on, and also flowers they will enjoy at various stages of their lives. FLOWERS & FOOD FOR BENEFICIAL INSECTS In general, beneficials like flowers that look like daisies or Queen Anne’s Lace, according…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener did you know that you have a lot of help in your garden that sometimes you can't even see.

Today we are going to introduce you to a lot of beneficial organisms. Some moth species like the coddling moth can be a real problem in your orchard or garden that's where our helper the trichogramma wasp will come in. Trichogramma Wasps parasitize and eat the eggs of most species of moths. You want to set out your trichogramma wasp card when the moths your trying to control start their flight. Pheromone traps are a great way to make sure you set the trichogramma wasp out at the best time. Just tear off a portion of the card and place it out of the direct sunlight on the plants that you want to protect preferably protected by the foliage. If you have farm animals like chickens manure breeding flies can really be a problem fortunately there's a wasp for that. These mini wasps will parasitize the fly larva and prevent the fly from hatching release these about every one to four weeks in the warm weather. If you have a lot of livestock a more frequent release is recommended. Sprinkle the wasps next to a fly breeding site like a damp manure pile or in the chicken coop. If you have mites eating your plants there's mite eating mites that are happy to help and they're very easy to apply just pray the plants that you want to treat with water and then just sprinkle on the mites. If you've grown plants indoors or in the greenhouse you may have had a problem with fungus gnats there's predatory mites that will solve that problem too. Apply these mites before you have a major fungus gnat infestations they will control the population better if they're released when the population is still relatively low. Take care of your predatory mites they cant survive freezing or flooding You may have heard of plant eating nematodes but there's also pest insect eating nematodes these beneficial nematodes live in the soil. These microscopic worms control soil dwelling pests like grubs and japanese beetles and there easy to apply just mix the recommended amount with water and then spray or sprinkle evenly. Don't be shy with the water nematodes will swim to the areas containing the most pests for them to eat and like most beneficials their best released in the early morning or in the late evening and remember that all pesticides even organic ones can harm your beneficial helpers so let them be you first offense and grow organic for life.

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Daniel Blake Says:
Apr 20th, 2012 at 5:57 am

I am looking for a product I have purchased from PVFS in the past. It is a parasite that eats the plant/weed Puncture Vine. Can you tell me if you still carry this product?

Sheila Says:
Jun 4th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Have friend in NY who has big problem with bird mites.  Are predatory mites good on them?

Martha Says:
Jun 4th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Is there any known predator of the dreaded symphylans that can be purchased? I have a serious plague in my Oregon garden and with my strong organic practices over several years have created ideal conditions for the little buggers.  Sources say one must abandon ship and start over elsewhere which buys you about a year before they catch on. (it’s true)
The local extension agency here says no one has called ever about symphylans. Do I have The Curse?
Do you have any info on this problem?

Kelly from Peaceful Valley Says:
Dec 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

Martha, check this out: http://www.highgroundorganics.com/the-journal/potatoes-to-the-rescue/

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