IPM in Greenhouse crops

Posted by Jason Robinson on Aug 21st 2017

Ipm or intergrated pest management refers to the release of certain predatory insects or fungi to control problematic insects in nurseries ,greenhouse and indoor gardens .This technique is generally used in commercial crops but can be adapted to the indoor garden quite successfully .The two most common insect pests that this can be used for indoors are Red and Two spotted mites and Fungus Gnats .Red and Two spotted mites are targeted with a predatory mites Persimillis and in some cases Californicus .The application of these predatory mites should be done as soon as you see pest mites on your crop as if you have an infestation the introduction of predators can be ineffective as they can take too long and have too much work to do before they become an effective strategy .Also it is better for the predators if no toxic pesticides have been used prior to their release so this means starting early rather than later with IPM .Fungus gnats are another indoor garden problem that can be successfully tackled using the IPM method .The predators for fungus gnats are a predatory mite that is applied to the surface of the soil or substrate .These predators called Hypoaspis are also effective in the control of thrip populations .Once again it is best to apply these predators when you first notice the fungus gnats as this will give the growers the best protection against this pest .These predators are shipped generally in buckets or cardboard tubes and will last one or two days after delivery although it is recommended you release them as soon as you get a chance to ensure high survival rates  .Predators are also available for aphids ,thrips and white fly .For pricing and delivery please call .0882628323 .