Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs – Page Three

Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs – Page Three

Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs: Page 3


Good Bugs

Fungus Gnat Predators

Nature’s alternative to chemical insecticides, Fungus Gnat Predators feed on the larvae of fungus gnats and other small soil-dwelling creatures including thrips, mites, and springtails. Five thousand predators treat up to 200 square feet of growing surface.

Ladybugs

An adult Ladybug can eat thousands of aphids and other pests in its lifetime.  Good for small and large areas

Predator Mites

Predator Mites usually gain control of spider mite infestations after 4 weeks. Release 100 mites per 25 square feet. Predator mites will be effective in a wide variety of conditions: from 55-90ª Fahrenheit and from 45-90% relative humidity.

Thrip Predators


These predators feed on immature thrips (soil and leaf pupating) and an occasional spider mite as well. Use 100-500 per plant or 200,000 per acre to control thrip infestations. For maximum effectiveness humidity must remain between 70 and 85%

Bad Bugs

White Flies

Description: Tiny, white flying bugs

Treatment: Very resilient. Spray with insecticide or something stronger. Also spray all surrounding plants.

Colorado Potato Beetle

Description: Inch long striped beetles and their larvae will eat everything on a plant.

Treatment: Pick off by hand and optionally, spray with insecticide.

Earwigs

Description: Small dark brown centipede-like insects with a pincer tail.

Treatment:  Pick off by hand (they usually come out at night). .

Imported Cabbage Worm

Description: Small velvety green caterpillars that eat plant leaves.

Treatment: Spray with insecticidal soap.

Mexican Bean Beetle

Description: Small, 1/2 inch beetles will eat roots and leaves leaving only the veins.

Treatment: Wash with soap.

Spider Mites

Description: Red, yellow or green microscopic bugs forming cobwebs.

Treatment:  Isolate plant if you can, wash leaves with warm, soapy water and spray with insecticide. .

Thrips


Description: Very small and slender bugs leaving dark blobs on the leaves.

Treatment: Remove bugs by hand, wash leaves with water and spray insecticide.

 

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