Integrated Pest Management.
Our most challenging insect pests (“Bad Bugs”):
- Japanese beetle
- Stink bugs
- Sap beetle (picnic bettle)
- Raspberry cane and crown borers
- Cut worms, see for instance M1225
- Spotted wing drosophila SWDTraps_CornellFruit
- Fungus gnats
Strategic Planning to Avoid Pest Infestation:
- exclusion/isolation with high tunnels/insect screening
- a robust spring (rather than conventional fall) harvest to preempt Japanese Beetle emergence and infestation;
- kaolin clay (anti-feedant); pmb380-b
- neem (soil drench) see, for instance, monterey-70-neem-oil-label, an insect mating disruptor and anti-feedant
- drip irrigation .
- hand-picking/collection of insects;
- trellising and thinning of canes;
- plant and harvest hygiene;
- fruit and cane culling;
- companion planting; we are growing pyrethrum-producing chrysanthemums, wild geranium, chives, yarrow, catmint, garlic, lavender, and tansy for their insect repelling properties.
Biological Control Measures:
Beneficial insects and nematodes;
Milky Spore and specialized bacteria;
Reproductive disruption (such as neem oil);
Anti-feedant (such as neem oil)
Organic knockdown or drench applications, as needed:
insecticidal soap see, for instance 5118-safer-brand-insect-killing-soap-concentrate-instructions
neem oil, this is the same Monterey product
pyrethrum, a good one is Pyganic, see pyganic-label.