The Pest: Mealybugs
First Sign: Distorted leaves, generally weakened plants. Clusters of Mealybugs look like a cottony mass.
It's only on close examination that they're seen to be individual, soft bodied, very slow moving insects.
Special Species Notes: Covered with a fluffy, waxy
coating, Mealybugs tend to gather, often at a crotch or joint. But don't
let this quiet-looking crew fool you. Even though Mealybugs breed somewhat
slower than other insects (each generation takes about a month), they can
slowly but steadily build up to quite dense and damaging populations. General
controls, like Pirate Bugs
, & Ladybugs
, will eat the young Mealybugs, but Mealybug Destroyers are the best control
for both adult & juvenile Mealybugs.
Most Effective Mealybug Control:
Tiny (1/8") black Ladybugs, these Mealybug Destroyers
(Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) are originally from Australia, and are one of
the oldest and most successful of biological controls.
Application: Just shake them onto plants right
from the container they arrive in. We recommend 2-5 Mealybug Destroyers per
infested plant. They have large appetites for such a small insect. A few
will go a long, long way.
Another Mealybug Control: Pirate
This newest Thrips control (Orius insidiosis) also eats
Mealybugs, Spider Mites and Aphids. Shipped as nymphs near hatching or adults
ready to use (no choice).
Application: Use 100-2000 per acre, depending on
rate of infestation. Although somewhat expensive,
are good for troublesome Thrips problems when other controls have not been
Mainly for use against
The newest Thrips control, Pirate Bugs (Orius insidiosis) also eat
Spider Mites, insect eggs, aphids, and small caterpillars. Shipped as nymphs near hatching
or adults ready to use (no choice).
Application: Use 100-2000 Pirate Bugs per acre, depending on rate
of infestation. Although somewhat expensive, they're good for infestations
when other controls alone aren't adequate.
Green Lacewing Larvae/Eggs
For use against Aphids, Thrips, Mealybugs
Looking like tiny alligators, Lacewing larvae (Chrysopa rufilabris) voraciously
attack almost any prey they can grab. They inject a paralyzing venom and suck
the body fluids from the helpless insect victim.
Green Lacewings are available as eggs in a cup, eggs glued to cards which are
hung from foliage, or as pre-hatched ready to go larvae.
Eggs and larvae can be hand sprinkled almost anywhere
because Lacewings search up to 100 feet for their first meal.
Lacewing eggs may be refrigerated for a few days at 38-45 F. to delay hatching, but be
careful not to freeze them. Typical egg release rates range from 5000 - 50,000
eggs per acre, depending on infestation levels. Typical larvae release rates
range from 1000-5000 per acre. Repeated releases every 2-4 weeks may be necessary in severe or heavy infestations.
Green Lacewing Larvae Eating An Aphid
Green Lacewing Eggs hatch & become Lacewing Larvae
Green Lacwing Eggs in Cups:
Green Lacewing Eggs on Cards:
Green Lacewing "Ready to Go" Larvae:
Typically, Ladybugs (Hipodamia convergens) eat over 5,000 Aphids
and other soft-bodied pests during their one-year lifetime. They are one of the most commonly known beneficial insects.
Ladybugs are one of the few beneficial insects that can be
stored, dormant, in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks, depending on the time of year, as long as they don't freeze
or dry out. This allows you to use a few at a time, as needed.
For home use, 1,500 is usually enough for one application in a small greenhouse or garden. For larger areas, a quart (18,000) or gallon (72,000) of ladybugs may be desired.
If Ladybugs tend to fly away, spraying their backs with a soda pop/water solution glues their
wings shut for about a week. We include instructions for this, as well as detailed release notes
with your order.
Adult Ladybug Eating Aphids
Ladybugs: Lowest Cost Pest Control
Ladybugs are in stock and ready to ship.