Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs

Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs

Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs


To create the perfect growing environment for your Hydroponics project. and ensuring the optimum growing conditions to produce a beautiful, tender, dirt-free, flavorful product, we suggest you utilize beneficial insects, “good bugs” to eat the “bad bugs”, which keeps your produce free of harmful pesticides

Although bringing in good bugs to eliminate a bad bug problem might not always solve the problem, you might have to resort to a pesticide. In cases like this our staff is very educated and can direct you as to the best product to use.


Good Bugs

Aphid Predators

Each Aphid Predator larva must eat 10 aphids to reach full development but will happily eat many more if they are available. Great for indoors because they do not fly toward the light. For a small indoor garden, one release of 100-250 predators will get you started.

White Fly Parasites

Many commercial green- houses use Whitefly Parasites as their only whitefly control. These eggs are glued to small cards and shipped ready to hatch and parasitize pest larvae. Use 500 parasites up to four times to control whitefly infestations in a small home greenhouse.

Green Lacewing

This excellent all-purpose garden predator devours aphids, mealybugs, soft scale, whiteflies and the eggs of other insects such as spider mites and thrips. Shipped as eggs, these beneficials are best applied 5,000 eggs per acre.

House Fly Parasites

Description: Controls many species of flies by killing their pupae before flies hatch. In its 3-4 week lifecycle, each parasite kills 50 flies. Use anywhere nuisance flies breed. Release 5000 every two weeks for a large compost pile or 3-4 head of livestock.

Mealybug Predators

Predators of small insects, these tiny black ladybugs are effective, proven beneficial insects that have been used commercially for over 100 years. They really enjoy mealybugs but will eat aphids and scale when the mealies get scarce. Apply 2-5 per infested plant or one for every two feet of planted area. Repeat about twice a year as needed.

Bad Bugs

Aphids

Description: They are very small with light colored bodies. They leave a sticky residue on the leaves.

Treatment: Remove damaged leaves, wash plant leaves with warm water for a week then spray an insecticidal soap onto leaves.

Caterpillars

Description: Most kinds of caterpillar are considered plant pests and will eat the leaves.

Treatment: Pick off by hand.

Cockroaches

Description: Small dark colored insects with beetle like bodies.

Treatment: Pick off by hand if you can catch them. Remove any organic debris from the base of the plant. Set out roach traps.

Cutworms


Description: Small worm type insects that curl up into a ring shape. They eat through plant roots and topple the plant.

Treatment: Not too common in hydroponics – if found, spray with insecticide.

European Corn Borers

Description: Small, 1 inch long caterpillars who bore into plant stems and eat them from the inside out.

Treatment: Spray with insecticide.

Fungus Gnats

Description: The hatched offspring of tiny black flies. The maggot offspring attack plant roots.

Treatment: Discard any damaged plants, spray with insecticide. Not too common in a hydroponics garden.


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