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LADYBUGS – Hippodamia Convergens

Ladybugs, the most commonly known of all beneficial insects, are not only effective but are economically important. They are gathered from their natural habitat in the California Sierra Mountain foothills. They feed on many different soft bodied insects with aphids being their main food source. During the larval period the ladybug resembles a tiny, black, six-legged alligator with orange spots. As a larva it will gorge on about 400 aphids. After 3 or 4 weeks it attaches to a leaf or twig and enters the pupal stage. In another week the pupal skin splits and a hungry young adult emerges to eat another 5,000 aphids. Up to 1,500 tiny yellow eggs may be deposited in clusters of 10 to 50 in just a few weeks. In good years several generations may be produced. The ladybug’s huge appetite and reproductive capacity allow it to rapidly clean out its prey.

Release Rate: 1/2 pint covers 2,500 square feet; pint covers 5,000 square feet; quart covers 15,000 square feet. For farms and other large scale areas please contact us for details.

Must be shipped via UPS (see rate chart).

Within a day or two after the ladybugs were released, I no longer found any aphids anywhere on our property.” — Joyce M., Illinois

PRAYING MANTIS EGG CASES – Tenodera Aridifolia Sinensis

The praying mantis, because of its appearance and attitudes, is a fascinating insect. It is strictly carnivorous and feeds on almost any insect of a size it can overcome. Praying mantis egg cases are harvested in their natural environment. The female deposits the eggs in the Fall in a frothy secretion that hardens and protects the eggs from predators and severe winter climates. The egg cases are attached to twigs, leaves, fences, etc. and may contain 50 to 400 eggs with an average of about 200. Upon hatching in the spring the young crawl from between tiny flaps in the case and hang from silken threads about two inches below the case. The young disperse into the vegetation leaving little, if any, evidence of their appearance. This happens within an hour or two and it is very difficult to know hatching has occurred unless the elusive, well-camouflaged young are found.

Release Rate: 3 egg cases cover an area up to 5,000 square feet.

I have been using praying mantis from you for several years with great success.” — Jessie T., Maine

LACEWING EGGS – Chrysoperla Carnea & Chrysoperla Rufilabris

The lacewing is a light green colored insect with lustrous eyes. It is an insectary grown predator. The oval shaped pale green eggs are “planted” on foliage at the end of short hair-like filaments. The larvae are grey-green and are known as “aphid lions”. Complimenting their voracious appetite for aphids, they also consume mealy bugs, red spider mites, thrips, some small worms and many different insect eggs and larva. The lacewing larvae feed for about three weeks until they pupate by spinning a white colored cocoon. After about one week they emerge as adults to lay eggs. They are light green with transparent wings and grow to about 3/4 inch in length. The lacewing are shipped in the egg stage in a container of rice hulls which makes distribution of the tiny eggs easier.

Release Rate: For gardens and greenhouses use 1,000 lacewing eggs per 500 square feet. For larger fields and orchards we suggest 5,000 lacewing eggs per acre.

Our little container of eggs arrived fast and in great condition. We are amazed that such a tiny insect can produce such tremendous results.” — Bob S., Arizona

TRICHOGRAMMA – T. Pretiosum, T. Minutum

Trichogramma are tiny insectary grown wasps that attack over 200 pest species including the eggs of codling moth, fruitworms, cane borers, corn earworms and almost all moth and butterfly eggs that hatch into worm pests. The parasite is effective by killing the pests before they damage the plant. By suppressing the life cycle of the pests, there is a reduction in the number of eggs, which results in fewer pest insects surviving to adulthood. Trichogramma are shipped while still parasitized in the host egg. They are very small, 5 of them could fit together on the end of a pencil point. Trichogramma should be released at the first sign of moths. We recommend a bi-weekly (every two weeks) release as long as the moths are present.

Release Rate: Each package (approximately 5,000 eggs) covers an area up to 170 square feet. For large areas release approximately 40,000 per acre.

“I have battled oak worms for years. Thank you, thank you, thank you for supplying your good bugs.” — Stephen R., Texas

FLY PARASITES – Muscidifurax Raptor and Spanlangia Endius

Fly parasites are used to attack immature fly pupae, killing them while they are immobile and helpless. Flies have a very simple life cycle with a fast maturity rate. The adult female lays eggs which almost immediately hatch into larvae (maggots). Soon, 3 to 4 days, these evolve into a pupal shell. This is the “resting” stage where they undergo their final transformation into adult flies. This is when the fly parasite does its feeding. Fly parasites destroy developing flies by seeking out the pupae, invading the shell and either consuming them or laying eggs inside as part of their own reproductive cycle. The parasites’ eggs hatch and eat the developing fly. Emerging from the pupal shells as adults, they repeat their cycle seeking out other fly pupae. Fly parasites live entirely within the manure, never becoming pests themselves.

Release Rate: Approximately 1,000 fly parasites per 100 square feet. Large animals (horses and cattle) – 1,000 per head; medium animals (pigs and sheep) – 500 per head; poultry – 10 per head.

We have been using fly parasites for years. We don’t have to use fly spray on our horses. Can’t say enough good things about your bugs.
— Kip C., Washington

BENEFICIAL NEMATODES – Steinernematid and Heterorhabditatid

Beneficial nematodes, also know as Guardian/Lawn Patrol, effectively control more than 250 insect pests in the soil including: Cut worms, Japanese beetle grubs, Thrips, Flea beetles, Fruit flies, Assassin bugs, various bark beetles and many more. Beneficial nematodes enter the pest insect (host)and feed on it from the inside. They kill their host within 24-48 hours. They also reproduce within their host, providing long-term control. Beneficial nematodes will not harm humans, animals, plants, ladybugs or earthworms. Easy application with hose-end sprayer, pump sprayer, watering can or bucket. All applicators must be chemical-free.

Also available: GUARDIAN/GNAT PATROL – Steinernema Carpocapsae and Feltiae used to control Fungus gnats.

Release Rate: 1 million covers 3,000 square feet. 24 million per acre. Significant quantity discounts available.

I have made many purchases from you and it has made a tremendous difference in my lawn.” — Peggy C., California

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