The following is a suggestion of one example of how to use predator insects as ONE part of a full Integrated Pest Management program. Bugs with Benefits will assume NO LIABILITY for plant losses that may occur. These are suggested rates to be used for prevention and does not guarantee that pest outbreaks will not occur. Indoor growing with biological pesticides does not mean that you will not have any pests, it is about maintaining pest-predator balance and reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides.
If fungus gnats appear on your sticky traps, apply nematodes. Your goal is to treat each gallon of soil with 25,000 nematodes.
5M treats 200 gallons.
25M treats 1000 gallons.
50M treats 2000 gallons.
At first sign of spidermite outbreak, apply persimilis at a rate of 20-100 per plant. Apply to leaf or hanging release cup and focus on hot spots. The application rate will depend on size of the plant at time of out break. One vial of persimilis 1000 will treat 10-50 plants. ** you should treat for 3 consecutive weeks **
Thrips outbreaks can be treated by increasing cucumeris dosage to 1/8 cup or 2 tbsp of bran mixture to each release cup. additional cups may be added to larger plants. Shallow pans of soapy water with almond extract make great traps for adults. Blue sticky traps tend to attract more thrips than yellow ones. Add more fresh bean plants for decoys and remove them from the room as they draw pests.
Appears a drooping or wilted plant. Usually fliers are first seen and often mistaken as fungus gnats. Flying root aphids have rounded tail ends where fungus gnats are pointed.
Apply dalotia to soil surface of each plant. 5-20 dalotia per pot depending on pot size. Maybe be combined with nematode application or spinosad or neem based soil drench pesticides. s
Microscopic. Will appear as shiny leaves that are curling inwards.
Refresh and increase cucumeris to 2 tbsp per hanging release cup and possibly add extra cups per plant depending on size. Refresh slow release packets and possibly add two per plant depending on plant size.
Apply fallacis at double standard application rate.
Although rare in cannabis it can happen. It is more common to have root aphids.
Release aphidoletes or ladybugs. 250 pack of either treats one small room or greenhouse. approx. 10x10. Apply for 2 consecutive weeks.