Predators & Parasites

Natural Pest Control for Gardens, Greenhouses & Farms Using Beneficial Insects from ARBICO Organics.

Beneficial insects are used to control pest insects in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. An IPM program has four components: the use of traps to monitor and capture pest insects in their adult stage, management and cultural techniques to improve the overall status of the situation, and the use of beneficial insects to kill pest insects in their early developmental stages and the use of insecticides if necessary.

For maximum effectiveness, beneficial insects should be released when pest densities are low to medium. Keep in mind that beneficials are not pesticides and they are not a miracle cure. Just as it takes time for pest problems to develop, it also takes time before beneficials can resolve them. A little patience pays off!

Selection of the proper beneficial insect for treating your pest issues will depend on a number of factors including the target pest, temperature range, relative humidity and prior control measures used. All beneficial insects are sent with release instructions and recommendations to maximize their effectiveness. If you have any questions, an ARBICO consultant can help you select and utilize your beneficials over the phone (1-800-827-2847).

Beneficial Insect Dosage Key
1 Acre = 43,560 square feet.
1 Square Yard = 9 square feet

Beneficial Insects Offered: Listed below are the beneficial insects we have available. Click on any item for more information and ordering.

Beneficial insect attacking an aphid

This beneficial insect is the aphid parasite Aphidius ervi, attacking an aphid.

Attracting & Feeding Beneficial Insects:

All beneficial insects need food, water, and a compatible habitat. To help fulfill these needs, we highly recommend our Good Bug Power Meal and Good Bug Blend Seed Mix.


Aphid Parasite, Aphidius colemani

Aphid Parasite, Aphidius colemani

Aphid Predator, Aphidoletes aphidimyza

Aphid Parasite, Aphelinus abdominalis

Aphid Parasite, Aphidius ervi

Assassin Bug, Zelus renardii

Beneficial Nematodes

Cool Weather Leafminer Parasitoid, Dacnusa siberica

Fly Parasites - Fly Eliminators

Fungus Gnat Predator, Stratiolaelaps scimitus

Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla sp

Ladybug Beetle, Hippodamia convergens

Mealybug Destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

Mealybug Parasite, Anagyrus pseudococci

Mexican Bean Beetle Parasite, Pediobius foveolatus

Minute Pirate Bug, Orius insidiosus

Mite Predator, Amblyseius swirskii

Mite Predator, Amblyseius andersoni

Mite Predator, Neoseiulus californicus

Mite Predator, Neoseiulus fallacis

Mite Predator, Mesoseiulus longipes

Mite Predator, Galendromus occidentalis

Mite Predator, Phytoseiulus persimilis

Moth Egg Parasites, Trichogramma brassicae

Moth Egg Parasites, Trichogramma minutum

Moth Egg Parasites, Trichogramma platneri

Moth Egg Parasites, Trichogramma pretiosum

Praying Mantid Egg Cases, Tenodera aridifolia

Purple Scale Predator, Lindorus lophanthae

Red Scale Parasite, Aphytis melinus

Rove Beetle, Dalotia coriaria

Spider Mite Predator, Feltiella acarisuga

Spidermite Destroyer, Stethorus punctillum

Spined Soldier Bug, Podisus maculaventris

Sweet Potato Whitefly Predator, Delphastus catalinae

Thrips Mite Cucumeris / Amblyseius Neoseiulus

Warm Weather Leafminer Parasitoid, Diglyphus isaea

Whitefly Parasite, Encarsia formosa

Whitefly Parasite, Eretmocerous eremicus

Whitefly Predator, Dicyphus hesperus

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