Praying Mantis – The praying mantis is strictly carnivorous and feeds on almost any insect of a size it can overcome. The female deposits egg cases in the fall. These cases are attached to twigs, leaves, fences, etc. and may contain 50-400 eggs. Upon hatching in the spring, the young disperse into the vegetation. If handled properly, they wont bite. Releases can begin after the last frost and through the summer.
Release rates: 3 egg cases cover an area up to 5,000 sq/ft. 10-100 cs per acre.
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.