Pest control

Our line of auxiliary insects offers control of the main pests in intensive crops. Aphids, whiteflies, thrips and spider mites are among the most common in horticultural crops and have a natural predator to control them. Auxiliary insects are an effective solution that promotes crop sustainability and are particularly suitable for organic crops.

CRYSONOVA 100 PUPAS

A pack containing 100 Chrysoperla carnea pupae mixed with buckwheat hulls. This format contains C. carnea pupae from which adults emerge and lay eggs in sites infested by various pests so that their larvae will have food available.

Chrysoperla carnea (green lacewing) is a voracious predator of aphids, mites, whiteflies, thrips and other pests. It is capable of feeding on any aphid, regardless of size and species. In its larval stage predatory activity is maintained at temperatures ranging between 12 and 35°C. In its adult phase it characteristically feeds on pollen available in flowers, so it needs flowering plants for proper installation.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. Use CRYSONOVA 100 PUPAE at the beginning of the crop cycle. In peppers they could be introduced coinciding with the releases of ORINOVA. Flowering will be needed, either of the crop or of banker plants such as Lobularia (alyssum).
  2. Hang the packs directly from their rack, distributed evenly over the plantation. Avoid areas where ants are present. Open the flap to allow the adults to get out.

DOSE:

  1. Preventive: 400–600 pupae/ha.

STORAGE:

The storage temperature is 10–12°C in the pack to keep vital signs to the minimum. The pack should be kept in the dark.

CRYSONOVA LARVA

Tubs of 5,000 and 10,000 Chrysoperla carnea larvae mixed with buckwheat hulls.

Chrysoperla carnea (green lacewing) is a voracious predator of aphids, mites, whiteflies, thrips and other pests. It is capable of feeding on any aphid, regardless of size and species. In its larval stage predatory activity is maintained at temperatures ranging between 12 and 35°C.

In its adult phase it characteristically feeds on pollen available in flowers, so it needs flowering plants for proper installation.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. When the plants are of sufficient size, there is some pest infestation or you are working with properly inoculated bankers.
  2. Invert the tub and shake gently before use.
  3. Distribute the material on the leaves, if possible widely scattered over the crop. It can also be distributed on the banker plants.
  4. Monitor the release points to check for proper development and installation of C. carnea.

DOSE:

  1. Preventive: 1–2 C. carnea/m2 on crops when the first signs of pest infestation appear or the banker plants are properly inoculated. Repeat releases until properly installed.
  2. Low curative: 5–10 C. carnea/m2 if there is a medium level of infestation.
  3. High curative: 25–50 C. carnea/m2 if there is a high level of infestation present in the greenhouse.

STORAGE:

The storage temperature is 10–12°C in the vented pack to keep vital signs to the minimum. The pack should be kept in the dark and in an upright position.

ORINOVA

A pack containing 2,000 Orius laevigatus mixed with buckwheat hulls. May contain adults and nymphs.

Orius laevigatus is a predatory bug used mainly for controlling thrips. It is quite polyphagous, as it can also feed on aphids, Lepidoptera eggs, whitefly larvae and mites. Moreover, it feeds on pollen as well, so the presence of pollen-rich flowering in the crop will be quite an important factor for its installation.

In the adult phase it is highly mobile. It can fly, moving easily from one place to another in the crop to locate new prey. Both adults and nymphs feed on thrips larvae and adults. It can consume up to 20 thrips per day and more than 300 in its lifetime, and even more if populations are high.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. Use ORINOVA when flowers buds start to form or the first flowers appear in the crop. Orius nymphs need pollen or prey in order to develop. It is possible to bring forward ORINOVA releases by using BIOFOOD.
  2. Invert the bottle and shake gently before use.
  3. Spread the material on the leaves and/or in application boxes in groups of 25–50 individuals to encourage mating.
  4. Monitor the release points to check for proper development and installation. Orius lays a large proportion of its eggs in tender stems and floral primordia, so pruning after release should be avoided..

DOSE:

  1. Preventive: 1–2 Orius/m2 on crops when the first flowers appear. Repeat releases until properly installed.
  2. Low curative: 2–4 Orius/m2 if there is a low level of pest infestation, even before flowering.
  3. High curative: 4–6 Orius/m2 if there is a high level of infestation in the greenhouse.

STORAGE:

The storage temperature is 8–10°C in a vented 500 ml container. The container should be kept in the dark and in an upright position.

RUENOVA

Packs containing 100 Sphaerophoria rueppellii pupae mixed with buckwheat hulls. This is a species of predatory hoverfly used to control aphids.

It is a voracious predator of all aphid species and can feed on Lepidoptera eggs, whitefly larvae and mites.

This species is most effective when we work at temperatures of between 25 and 40°C. Pollen provides the source of proteins for hoverflies to reach sexual maturity, and they therefore need the presence of flowers in the crop in order to be installed properly.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. To initiate preventive installation, begin the releases when the crop or banker plants first come into flower. Make sure the specific aphid that will favour the installation is installed in banker plants beforehand.
  2. Hang the packs distributed around the crop, in areas protected from direct light and water. Open the flap to allow the adults to get out.
  3. Ants can affect the effectiveness of the product, so you must ensure they are eliminated.
  4. Observe the safety period of other treatments before use.

DOSE:

  1. Preventive: 4–6 boxes/ha in crops when the crop or banker plants first come into flower. Perform weekly releases of 2 packs/ha for 3 weeks.
  2. Curative: 6–12 boxes/ha if pest infestation is present. In this situation the releases would be of 6 packs of pupae/ha in the same day.

STORAGE:

The product must be transported and stored at 10–15°C. Releases should be carried out no later than 24 hours after receipt. Avoid direct exposure to sun and water.

SIRFINOVA

Packs containing 125 Sphaerophoria rueppellii and Episyrphus balteatus pupae. These are two species of predatory hoverflies used for aphid control. They prey on all aphid species and can feed on Lepidoptera eggs, whitefly larvae and mites. They can contribute to crop pollination.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. To initiate preventive installation, begin the releases when the crop or banker plants first come into flower. Make sure the specific aphid that will favour the installation is installed in banker plants beforehand.
  2. Hang the packs distributed around the crop, in areas protected from direct light and water. Open the flap to allow the adults to get out.
  3. Ants can affect the effectiveness of the product, so you must ensure they are eliminated.
  4. Observe the safety period of other treatments before use.

DOSE:

  1. Preventive: 4–6 boxes/ha in crops when the crop or banker plants first come into flower. Perform weekly releases of 2 packs/ha for 3 weeks.
  2. Curative: 6–12 boxes/ha if pest infestation is present. In this situation the releases would be of 6 packs of pupae/ha in the same day.

STORAGE:

The product must be transported and stored at 10–15°C. Releases should be carried out no later than 24 hours after receipt. Avoid direct exposure to sun and water.

BALTENOVA

A pack containing 100 pupae of Episyrphus balteatus, a species of hoverfly that preys on aphids. It is a voracious predator of all aphid species and can feed on Lepidoptera eggs, whitefly larvae and mites.

This species is most effective when we work at temperatures of between 10 and 25°C. It can contribute to crop pollination.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. To initiate preventive installation, begin the releases when the crop or banker plants first come into flower. Make sure the specific aphid that will favour the installation is installed in banker plants beforehand.
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