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Beneficial insects predators & parasites

Beneficial insects are used to control pest insects in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. An IPM program has four components: the judicious use of chemicals, the use of traps to monitor and capture pest insects in their adult stage, management and cultural techniques to improve the overall status of the situation, and the use of beneficial insects to kill pest insects in their early developmental stages.

Green Lacewing Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects do not harm people, plants, or pets. For maximum effectiveness, they should be released when pest densities are low to medium. Keep in mind that beneficials are not pesticides and they are not a miracle cure. Just as it takes a long time for pest problems to evolve, it also takes time before beneficials can resolve them. A little patience pays off!

Beneficial Insect Dosage Key :

1 Acre = 43,560 square feet. 1 Square Yard = 9 square feet


Beneficial insect attacking an aphid


This beneficial insect is the aphid parasite Aphidius ervi, attacking an aphid.

Attracting & Feeding Beneficial Insects:

All beneficial insects need food, water, and a compatible habitat. To help fulfill these needs, 

Aphid Parasite, Aphidius colemani :Aphid Parasite, <i />Aphidius colemani

Aphids are feared for their fast population growth. Stop them early with these aphid parasites.

The Aphid Parasites or Aphidius colemani is a small parasitic wasp, native to North America. The parasitic wasp finds aphid colonies from a long distance by "alarm signals" produced by an infected plant. At shorter distance it smells the honeydew. The adult Aphidius feeds on honeydew.

Preferred food: Honeydew, the sticky fluid produced by aphid infestations.

Shipment and Biology: Aphidius are shipped as parasitized aphid mummies from which adults will emerge. This parasite can be used year-round in greenhouses and outdoors as it is not affected by short-day lengths.

Release rates: 500-3,000 per acre, 2-3 times at one week intervals, depending on the extent of infestation.

Environment: Greenhouse, Outdoors, Crops, Orchards & Vineyards, Nursery, Grow Room, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Pond & Environment, Interiorscapes, Container Plants

Ladybird Beetle, Hippodamia convergens :Ladybird Beetle

Ladybugs are voracious predators of many soft-bodied pest insects - try some in your garden today !

Ladybugs are one of the most widely used beneficial insects for controlling pests on everything you grow! Cost effective and easy to release the ladybug has a great reputation as a generalist predator.

Excellent aphid predators! Ladybird beetles will also feed on chinch bugs, asparagus beetle larvae, thrips, alfalfa weevils, bean thrips, grape root worms, Colorado potato beetle larvae, whitefly, mites and many other soft-bodied insects and eggs that reside above the soil.

  • Ladybugs are shipped to you in the adult stage. 

  • Each adult consumes about 5,000 aphids. 
  • Within 8 to 10 days of release, each female ladybug lays 10-50 eggs daily on the underside of leaves. 
  • In 2-5 days the larvae emerge as dark alligator-like flightless creatures with orange spots. 
  • The larvae eat 50-60 aphids per day.

GIVE LIVE LADYBUGS AS A GIFT! Ladybugs make any occasion memorable – enliven the event with a release of ladybugs. Releasing ladybugs is a great way to add some unique fun to weddings, birthday parties, graduations and many other joyous occasions !

Release Instructions:
When releasing outdoors make sure that there is shade for the ladybugs.  Try to release in the evening so that they have some time to adapt to your location.
Give your plants a light misting of water before the release.  The ladybugs may become dehydrated during travel.  The moisture will also help to attract and retain the ladybugs.

Pests and IPM: 

Ladybugs works as a beneficial insect for control of the following: Alfalfa Weevil (Hypera postica Gyllenhal), Aphids (Mult), Armyworm (Pseudaletia unipuncta), Asparagus Beetles (Crioceris asparagi (common); Crioceris duodecimpunctata (spotted)), Bean Beetles - Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis Mulsant), Bean Thrips (Caliothrips fasciatus), Beet Armyworm (Spodoptera exigua (Hubner)), Beet Leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus), Black Scale (Saissetia oleae), Brown Almond Mite (Bryobia rubrioculus), California Laurel Aphid (Euthoracaphis umbellulariae), Caterpillar Eggs (Mult), Citrus Red Scale (aka California Red Scale) (Aonidiella aurantii), Citrus Yellow Scale (aka California Yellow Scale) (Aonidiella citrina), Coconut Mealybug (Nipaecoccus nipae), Grape Leafhopper (Erythroneura elegantula), Greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), Leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus), Leafhopper (Empoasca sp), Mealybug (Planococcus citri), Mealybug (Pseudococcus sp), Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis Mulsant), Mites (Tetranychus sp), Potato Leafhopper (Empoasca fabae), Potato Leafhopper; Bean Jassid (Empoasca fabae), Scale (Mult.), Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia sp), Spider Mite (Mult), Sweet Potato Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), Sweetpotato Whitefly (Bemisia sp), Thrips (Franklinothrips sp), Two-Spotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae)

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