Hippodamia convergens – Convergent Ladybugs – Yes, the ones we are all familiar with – are terrific aphid predators which, like Lacewings, are quite opportunistic and may, at times, impact non-aphid pests. Ladybugs are refrigerator storable. Multiple releases are necessary, but as an effective control of aphids, for the price of ladybugs, none are better. They have a huge appetite (eating up to 6,000 aphids in their life cycle) and reproduce at a high rate to make them a preferred IPM control method. Shipped as adults.
Release rates: 1/2 pint = 2,500 sq ft
Hippodamia can be Shipped 2nd Day Air (when weather permits)
Biological Pest Control Agents
Biocontrols are an effective tool to growers in just about any situation. Bear in mind that when using biocontrols, a new set
of rules must be followed:
1. Growers must reduce the amounts of pesticides used, and in most cases, either substitute what’s on hand or, better yet, simply discontinue the use of pesticides entirely. (The outcome of this is typically a major reduction in applicator labor.)
2. Multiple releases of biocontrols are necessary in nearly every case, like most sprays, and should be thought of as a part of an overall program or strategy.
3. All live biocontrols are shipped next day air, from the grower, therefore freight costs can be high. Detailed short-term storage, handling and release instructions are included with every order.
Orders must be placed by Wednesday 12pm CST to get shipment by the following week.
Note to growers: Information provided here is not complete. More information is needed to successfully implement a biocontrol program.