Pest Control With Green Lacewing in Gardens and Greenhouses
Best General Purpose Predator!
Green Lacewing are an exceptional addition to any IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program, providing benefits throughout the growing season. Adults feed on nectar, pollen, and honeydew, but the larvae are active predators of soft-bodied insect pests: aphids, spider mites (especially red mites), thrips, whitefly, leafhoppers, some beetle larvae, eggs of pest moths, and mealybugs.
Green Lacewing larvae roam plant foliage looking for prey – pest eggs, nymphs or adults. Once hatched, larvae feed for 2-3 weeks, spin a cocoon, and emerge as adults 10-14 days later. Combine releases with companion planting and cover cropping to help keep adults around to lay eggs for coming seasons. These little beauties are a wonderful and cost effective addition to any pest control program and work in concert with most beneficial insects.
Which type you choose depends on how severe your infestation is:
Green Lacewing Eggs: Best for early season use to keep pest populations low. If you want to establish Green Lacewing at the beginning of the season or have a limited infestation, choose the appropriate numbers of eggs for your garden or greenhouse. It takes 3-10 days for larvae to emerge following receipt of your order, depending on the temperature and other environmental conditions. Repeat the application in two weeks. Green Lacewing eggs are also shipped on hanging cards for easy release.
Weekly Ship Programs: Best low-cost biological control for common garden pests. If you have a moderate to severe infestation, consider going on a program. This will deliver the appropriate number of eggs to you weekly or bi-weekly for at least 3 shipments. It is recommended that you release Green Lacewing eggs every 7-10 days to ensure a continual supply of larvae feeding on pests and varying life stages throughout the control area.
Larval Frames and Bottles: Best for immediate treatment of a pest problem. If you have a more severe infestation, consider the larval frames or bottles. They provide the quickest means to control unwanted pests with the larvae arriving ready to feed. The larvae packaged in frames have small compartments that can be peeled open to make releases in various areas. Larvae are also available in a bottle, though it is more difficult to make even applications.
Lacewing Adults: Best for establishing a population. If you are treating a large area and want to create standing populations, order adult lacewing. The adults come ready to lay eggs and do so throughout your release area. They are minor pollinators and feed on pollen/nectar, but do not actively control pests themselves.
Beneficial insects are most effective when released preventively or at the first sign of pests. Apply periodically over the course of a growing season. ARBICO Organics is happy to work with you to develop an IPM program; however, results will vary based upon growing environment, growing conditions (temperature, relative humidity), interactions with native insect populations, growing medium, etc. Please provide as much detail about each of these factors as possible when dealing with one of our pest control specialists. This allows us to make the most accurate and cost-effective recommendations possible.