|Step 1: Finding a Beneficial Insect Supplier.
Where to look?
Step 2: Ask The Supplier Questions
Questions to ask suppliers
about quality control practices and issues
provide consulting services to set up a program prior to selling
- Will they
recommend a consultant in your area to assist with this process?
- Does the
company provide written literature prior to the arrival of product so
preparations can be made if necessary?
- Do they
ship overnight in insulated containers?
- What is
company policy on product that arrives late?
Technical questions that should be asked between buyer and
the beneficials going? Just like plants, insects cannot survive in all
highs and lows? Temperature affects life cycle development.
level? Humidity makes a difference with life cycle development.
being targeted? There are many species of pest insects, you need to know
what pest you are dealing with specifically. Predators and parasites can
be host specific
Different plants have different pest complexes.
- Length of
crop cycle? Short term crops may not be cost effective.
- Type of
production? Greenhouse, field, hydroponic, or Interiorscape, landscape?
population levels? Need to do an initial knocked down before getting
Irrigation? Different irrigation schedules and methods can call for
different release methods.
- Size of
area to treat. Different beneficials have different release rates. There
are many variables here. Let the supplier, after hearing about your
operation, develop rates for you.
that have been used on crop? #1 killer of biological programs, most
pesticides are not that selective: their residual can kill many beneficial
insects and mites