Beneficial insects for pest management

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  1. Minoo

    Minoo New Member

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    Has anyone tried to get beneficial insects in British Columbia (Canada) to eliminate pests (IPM)? I am interested to try that but not sure what to order and where is a trustworthy place to order it from. Any suggestions?
     
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    The best you can do is to grow and setup your garden to attract beneficial insects.

    You CAN get a bunch of ladybugs shipped frozen to you and release them in the garden, but unless you prepared the area, there is a high chance they will all be gone by tomorrow.

    - Get wildflowers that attract Ladybugs, Bumblebees, Wasps, Laceflies and such
    - Grow plants like Lavender, Mint and Onion in between/around to create deterrence/distractions
    - Use Hydrogen Peroxide, Neem Oil, Organic soap, Cinnanom as a pre-emtive measure, don't wait until the problem is visible
    - If you own a backyard, then look into making friendly to native pollinators, theres a few Beekeeping Associations in BC. A native bumblebee kit is just a bunch of faggots of sticks that are arranged in a way that motivates local pollinators to house in.
     
  3. Minoo

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    Sorry about not being clear. This is for indoor plants not outdoors.
     
  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I've asked one of our nursery staff members for the suppliers we use.
     
  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi,

    I've asked Kevin, who's responsible for our nursery and greenhouses. He replied (and noted that we don't necessarily use all these, so I would say none of these should be taken as "official UBC recommendations", but rather guides for you to investigate on your own):
     
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    Hi Daniel,
    Thank you for going through the trouble of asking Kevin and thanks for the info. I will explore the options and do some research before making a decision. Thanks again
     
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    Hello again,
    I am looking for green lacewing larvae to use as beneficial insect indoors. I live in Port Moody BC. Any idea where I can get it from. I have looked on the websites provided by Kevin but none show they actually sell green lacewing or ship them to this area . Appreciate any tips you can provide.
    Thanks
     
  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi,

    You'll probably have better luck starting a new thread asking that specific question, so as to highlight it for anyone who browses by thread title instead of diving into a discussion like this one.
     
  9. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor

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    I'm not sure why you specify green lacewing. Applied Bio-Nomics (Nanaimo) lists a brown lacewing: www.appliedbio-nomics.com/products/micromus/ from the website link @Daniel provided in Post#5. "This brown lacewing is an exceptional predator."

    The site also lists wholesalers and retailers. Have you contacted The Bug Lady in Fort Langley?
     

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