Biological Pest Control
We support the natural predators of insects with soft spray programs, and augment those predators where appropriate.
We try to avoid using broad-spectrum sprays so we can take advantage of the resident populations of predators. Predatory mites are essential to keep spider mites under control in our hot dry climate.
There are many other beneficial organisms that play a key role in keeping insect pests under control, including generalist predators and specialist parasites that provide the base for strong biological control. We try to utilize these organisms where possible.
We keep up with the bio-pesticide industry as well as the latest information on microbial pesticides and how they can fit into IPM programs.
Biological Weed Control
We are one of the few companies that collect and redistribute Biological weed control organisms.
We excel in the classical biological control of weeds. This is an under-utilized method, available for introduced invasive weed pests. These biological control organisms are thoroughly researched and vetted by the USDA, making sure they are effective and safe as far as host specificity, before they are released. We try to help by education and redistribution of the organisms.
I have another website Puncturevineweevil.com that markets weevil bio-control agents for Puncturevine, a very hated weed pest. We distribute these puncturevine-loving weevils nationwide over the Internet. We are also working with other Bio-control agents for yellowstar thistle, an invasive noxious weed of pasture and rangeland. These are also available on a limited basis.
These “good” insects are another tool in developing a strong IPM program. Biological control of weeds is often used in public lands, roadsides, ditch banks, pastures, neglected areas or areas where limited resources can be used for weed control.