Beneficial Insectary, a Redding, CA-based company involved in the production and application of beneficial organisms used in biological pest control and integrated pest management programs, is now producing Orius insidiosus, Dalotia coriaria (formerly Atheta coriaria), and Dicyphus hesperus at its facility in California. Increased domestic production in the U.S. will benefit growers in North America by significantly reducing the transit time of perishable biocontrols between producer and grower.
Beneficial Insectary’s expanded U.S.-based production is designed to ensure the freshest product available is delivered quickly, and ordering lead times are much more flexible than those of offshore producers. Orders can often be shipped as quickly as the same day or the following day.
Here’s some more information on each product:
• Orius insidiosus, called ‘Orius-I,’ is an aggressive and effective thrips predator. It attacks and kills all mobile stages of thrips, including adult thrips. Orius-I comes in bottles of 500 and 1,000.
• Dalotia coriaria (formerly Atheta coriaria), called ‘Dalotia-C,’ is a ground-dwelling rove beetle. It eats the juvenile stages of shore fly and fungus gnat in many substrates. It comes in units of 500, 1,000, and 3,000.
• Dicyphus hesperus, called ‘Dicyphus-H,’ is a mirid bug used to control whitefly and many other pests. It eats spider mites, thrips, and moth eggs, assisting in their control. Dicyphus-H comes in bottles of 250.