Having trouble with pests in your greenhouses and high tunnels? Interested in learning more about using biological control to manage them? Read SARE's new fact sheet, , to learn how beneficial insects can protect crops in season-extending structures and enhance the sustainability of your operation.
SARE-funded researchers at Cornell University found that with a combination of controls, greenhouse and high tunnel pests could be managed effectively and, in some cases, eradicated.
Highlights of include the development of an effective combination of parasitic wasps ( and ) to eradicate an aphid infestation on winter greens and peppers. And predatory mites ( ) used in conjunction with minute pirate bugs ( ) helped eradicate thrips on cucumbers. Researchers also found that the two-spotted spider mite was effectively managed by applying a parasitic mite ( ) on eggplant and strawberries. The Nile Delta wasp ( ) helped manage, and in some instances, even eradicate whiteflies on tomatoes.
The fact sheet includes an introduction to biological control, along with colorful photos that can be used to identify pests and their associated crop damage. It also provides specific how-to information on scouting for pests along with detailed release information, including optimal temperature, quantity of natural enemies and timing of release relative to pest populations. Management strategies for control agents, such as predatory mites and parasitic wasps, and a supply list for obtaining biological control agents are also found in the fact sheet.