Biocontrols For Greenhouse Vegetables

While there are excellent conventional pest control products for greenhouse vegetable crops, biological controls are an increasingly common strategy. Here is a list of biocontrols to consider for your next crop, courtesy of Ohio State University Extension.

 Common Name  Scientific Name  Pests Attacked
Whitefly parasitoid Encarsia formosa Whiteflies, especially the greenhouse whitefly
Whitefly parasitoid

Eretmocerous eremicus

Eretmocerus mundus

Whiteflies, especially the silverleaf whitefly
Whitefly predator Amblyseius swirskii Whiteflies, greenhouse and silverleaf whitefly, also attacks thrips
Leaf miner parasitoids Diglyphus spp., Dacnusa spp. Leafminers
Mealybug destroyer Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Citrus mealybugs
Mealybug parasitoid Leptomastix dactylopii Citrus mealybugs
Aphid midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza Aphids
Aphid parasitoid Aphidius colemani Green peach and melon aphids
Aphid parasitoid Aphidius ervi, Aphelinus abdomalis Potato aphids
Soil insects predator Atheta coriaria Fungus gnat larvae, shore fly larvae, western flower thrips pupae
Entomopathogenic nematodes for fungus gnats Steinernema feltiae, plus others Fungus gnat larvae
Fungus gnat and thrips predatory mite Hypoaspis miles Fungus gnat larvae, thrips prepupae (Also: shore fly larvae)
Spider mite predator

Phytoseiulus persimilis, other phytoseiids

Amblyseius californicus

Spider mites
Green lacewings Chrysoperla sp. Aphids, whiteflies, mites, caterpillars
Minute pirate bug Orius insidiosus Thrips, other pests
Thrips predator

Neoseiulus cucumeris

Amblyseius degenerans

Amblyseius cucumeris

Thrips
Moth parasitoid    Trichogramma brassicae Moth eggs

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