Parasitic Wasp for Fig

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  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The following was received via email:

    I'M looking to introduce a parasitised wasp for fig trees. Would the correct wasp be Psyllaephagus? If so where could I purchase these in AB? Thanks, Susan
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Figs produce here without pollination. Figs pollinated by wasps produce seeds - not an enhancement.
     
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    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    try Evergro / Westgro for beneficial insects, I think they will ship anywhere although the size of packaging is geared towards commercial growers and not retail customers.
     
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    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Eric:

    Can you find out from Susan why she wants a parasitized
    wasp for Figs? I think there is a minor problem here with
    terminology. I refer to a parasidic wasp as one that will
    come in and attack a Carpenter Worm or a Navel Orange
    Worm, for examples, on various Figs such as Mission,
    Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Kadota and so on. The wasp
    will sting the worm and lays its eggs and then the junveniles
    have a host to feed on when they emerge from hatching.
    We have used various parasidic wasps here for Bio Control
    on Figs for many years, at least 25 years that I know of.

    One misconception about Figs is that a wasp does indeed
    carry out the pollination process for us in most all fruiting
    varieties. Without a wasp we would not ever get a Calimyrna
    Fig to eat from our trees as an example. There would be no
    fruit set on a Calimryna tree without a wasp. My old Plant
    Pathology instructor used to kid us in that every time we ate
    a Fig we also were eating a worm that was trapped inside in
    the Fig as a result of pollination.

    Jim
     
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  5. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Jim, I was not sure I understood Susan's message either. I do not know it she was looking for a pollinator or a pest control method. I will try to contact her.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Other kinds of figs are not pollinated.
     
  7. Susan

    Thanks for all the interest.

    I'm looking for the parasitic wasp to control a white fungus on fig trees for a commercial account. Customer has had this problem before and controlled the problem without chemicals.
    I will be looking at the trees tomorrow and getting all the knowledge myself to solve this problem. Susan
     
  8. other suggestions

    Two more places... Bug Factory (local) and also Koppert (Woldwide shipping). The last one has a great site to get more info on biologicals
     
  9. Might this white fungus be something like scale insects or mealybugs?
     

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