This is a Power Point presented in Oregon in January, 2010:
Here are a few sample slides:
Starting with Biocontrols or Stopping with Chemicals?
- What we are really talking about is stopping, or reducing the use of chemical pesticides.
- Bio-controls are the natural and “normal” method of controlling pests.
- Chemical pesticides are basically a 20th Century, temporary solution
Why Reduce Using Chemical Pesticides?
- The Government is removing some for public safety reasons.
- The Chemical industry is reducing the number of chemicals available due to registration costs.
- Inappropriate use is leading to resistance
- The active ingredient, or the solvents used can cause physical damage to the plants.
- To apply chemicals legally, re-entry times may disrupt your operation.
- For your employees, and your own health.
The Awful Truth
- What you are trying to do is natural, but you are working with unnatural conditions in an unnatural time frame
- You cannot afford to let nature “take its course”
- You are working with some of the harshest environments on earth
- Your budget is being reduced, as we speak
- You can’t keep doing what you are doing
- Your customers are not sympathetic and expect healthy, insect free plants
The New Reality
- IPM is a proven system
- Many Gardens, such as Kew in England and Butchart in Canada, are featuring Beneficial Insects as part of the show
- Children are learning about Beneficial Insects in school, they will be expecting you to be using them when they become your customers
- Start with a specific problem
- Involve all of your staff
- Get outside help, make your supplier “buy into” the project
- Pick something that Chemicals can’t do well
Spider Mite Predator – Amblyseius fallacis
- Predatory mite that controls every pest mite
- Persists outdoors
- Alternate food is pollen
- Best control for Bamboo mite, European Red mite
- Excellent results in Mint in Montana, Bamboo in Oregon, Spruce in Washington, Cedar in B.C., Greenhouse Tomatoes in New England