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Bugs for Bugs Autumn Update

The latest Bugs for Bugs update introduces our newest biological control agent, the Spotted Ladybird for aphid control. The newsletter is packed with information about our predatory mites, including tips for optimising predatory mite establishment and performance, and also features IPM grower stories from the Costa Group (berries) and [email protected] (glasshouse cucumbers).

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Bugs for Bugs Spring update

The latest Bugs for Bugs newsletter introduces our expanding range of pheromone products for use in monitoring, mass trapping and mating disruption programs. It also features biological control success stories from strawberries and apples, and notes on preparing for the seasonal increase in fruit fly activity. Click here to view the newsletter.

Biological control of Solenopsis mealybug: the potential of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

A recent paper by Kaur and Virk published in Phytoparasitica explores the feeding potential of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri against Solenopsis mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis). Their results suggest that the native Australian ladybird beetle  C. montrouzieri, which is the species produced by Bugs for Bugs for the Australian market, has the potential to be exploited as a biocontrol agent in North India.

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Another Cryptolaemus vs. mealybug good news story

 

Hi fellow bug lovers,

Thank you for providing me with these wonderful Cryptolaemus! They have totally destroyed my mealy bug infestation of which I battled for two years.

I have a 20 year old Hoop Pine tree in the front garden in which there are numerous bird’s nests and I thought that I had tried everything.These wonderful beetles battled the odds and ate anything mealybug.

There has been no sign of re-infestation,despite the hot weather we’ve been experiencing. I’m not worried if they do re-appear as I know that they can be controlled. Anyway, at this stage, all looks good.

Thank you all for your excellent service and fantastic product.

Kind Regards,

Mac Hosking,

Gladstone, 22 January 2009