Pest Solutions

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Find your pest in the left column on the chart below. The next column tells you our recommended solution. The third column gives you information about the rate at which to apply the insects or the application method. And the last column gives you tips on how to use the products.

Pest Insect

Beneficial Insect

Rate or Method

Release info

Aphids

Green Lacewing (Crysopa carnea)

2 per sq. foot

Use 3 releases every 2 weeks

10k to 50k per acre

500 - 1000 per tree

Ladybugs  (Hippodamia convengens)

2 - 5 per sq. foot

Use 4 releases at 3 day intervals

1 gallon per 1/4 acre

Artichoke Moth Larvae

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spray

Spray Artichoke heads

Armyworms

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spray

Spray the affected area

Black Currant Borers

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spray

Spray cutting and bushes

Black Vine Weevils

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Hoe into soil or add to potting soil

Brown garden snail

Decollate Snails  (Rumina decollata)

.1 - 1 per square foot

Use as needed

Cabbage Root Maggots

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Put in seed furrows or on roots

Carpenter Worms

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Injection

Inject Burrows

Caterpillars (includes over 200 species of Lepidopterous insects)

Trichogramma

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods

40k to 200k per acre

Releasing at 1 week intervals improves effectiveness

Chinch Bugs

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Use 7M per 1,000 sq. ft.

Spray the affected area

Codling Moth

Trichogramma

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods

40k to 200k per acre

Releasing at 1 week intervals improves effectiveness

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spray

Spray tree trunks in Mid to late Summer

Corn Borers

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods

40k to 200k per acre

Releasing at 1 week intervals improves effectiveness

Corn Earthworms

Trichogramma

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods

40k to 200k per acre

Releasing at 1 week intervals improves effectiveness

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spray

Spray or inject silks weekly

Corn Rootworms

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Apply in seed furrows

Cotton Bollworms

Trichogramma

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods

40k to 200k per acre

Releasing at 1 week intervals improves effectiveness

Crane Fly Larvae

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Use 7M per 1,000 sq. ft.

Apply to soil early in the spring

Cucumber Beetles

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Mix in mulch or apply in seed furrows

Earwigs

Praying Mantids
(Tenodera aridifolia sinensis)

Hatch in container or attach egg to branch

release early in spring

Fire Ants

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

1 million BN per ant hill

Mix contents with 3 1/2 gal of water. Pour 1/2 gal of the mixture down each

Flea Larvae

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying

Spray on lawns or soil, keep moist

Flea Beetles

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying

Mix in mulch or apply in seed furrows

Flies (manure flies)

Fly Parasites (Mixed species)

1000 per large animal

Release every 2 weeks during fly season

Fruit Fly-Grey

Fly Parasites (Mixed species)

1000 per large animal

Release every 2 weeks during fly season

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Fungus Gnat

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Mix into potting soil

Grubs

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Use 7M per 1,000 sq. ft.

Spray soil when pests are in larval state in soil.

Gypsy Moth

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying

Spray on lawns to kill migrating larvae

Japanese Beetle Grub

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying

Spray on lawns or Mix into mulch

June Bugs

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Use 7M per 1,000 sq. ft.

Spray soil early in the spring

Leather Jackets

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Injection

Inject into soil or mulch

Mealybugs

Cryptolaemus

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Use at first appearance of mealybug and continue as needed.

500 - 5000 per acre

Mole Cricket

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Apply to burrows, keep moist

Onion Maggots

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Apply to furrows, keep moist

Peach Tree Borers

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spray on lower trunk

Spray on tree trunk and in the soil around the trunk in Spring or Fall

Poplar Clearerwing Borers

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Injection

Inject burrows

Raspberry Crown Borers

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Mix into soil near base

Root knot Nematodes

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

25,000 per square foot

Use as soon as Root Knot Nematodes are suspected

Scale - hard (red, yellow)

Aphytis melinus

1 per 20 scales

Use 3 releases at 2 week intervals

1 per 2 sq. feet

10,000 per acre

500 - 1000 per tree

Scale - soft (black, brown)

Metaphycus helvolus

1 per 20 scales

Use 4 releases at 10 day intervals

1 per 2 sq. feet

3000 per acre

Snails

Decollate Snails

Water then release in the evening

Put them out in groups of 3 or 4 in areas where they are likely to find brown snails.

Sod Webworms

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying

Spray onto sod, keep moist

Spider Mites

Predatory Mites

2 - 5 per plant

Use as needed

.5 - 1 per sq. foot

1k - 30k per acre

Spruce Budworms

Trichogramma

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods Releasing at 1 week intervals

40k to 200k per acre

Squash Vine Borer Larvae

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Use 7M per 1,000 sq. ft.

Spray soil early in the spring

Strawberry Weevils

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Mix into soil and/or apply to roots

Termites (subterranean)

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Injection

Use an eye dropper to inject highly concentrated mixture into the tunnels

Spray

Spray affected area and keep moist

Thrips

Green Lacewings (Crysopa carnea)

2 per sq. foot

Use 3 releases every 2 weeks

10k to 50k per acre

500 - 1000 per tree

Tobacco Budworms

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying or Injection

Spray or Inject flower buds weekly

Tomato Horn Worms

Trichogramma

1 - 5 per sq. foot

Try to release during egg laying periods Releasing at 1 week intervals

40k to 200k per acre

Weevils

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

7 million per 1000 sq. ft.

Release when pests are in larval state in soil.

1 billion per 3.5 acres

Spray into tree trunks for borers.

Whitefly

Encarsia Formosa

5 parasites per plant

Use 4 releases at 2 week intervals

2 - 4 per sq. foot

 

Delphastus (Delphastus pusillus)

.1 per sq. foot

Use as needed

25 per 250 - 500 sq. feet

Green Lacewings (Crysopa carnea)

2 per sq. foot

Use 3 releases every 2 weeks

10k to 50k per acre

500 - 1000 per tree

White Grubs

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Spraying

Spray or Mix into soil

Wireworms

Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae)

Top Dressing

Apply to seed furrows or transplant roots

Wooly Aphids

Green Lacewing

2-3 per sq. foot

Release at first sign of pest. Release every two weeks as needed.

Ladybugs  (Hippodamia convengens)

2-5 per sq. foot

Release at three week intervals