Bio CryptolaemusSKU: TL06604020
Commonly known as the Mealybug Destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri beetles predate many species of mealybug, including citrus mealybugs (Planococcus citri), long-tailed mealybugs (Pseudococcus longispinus), and pink hibiscus mealybugs (Maconellicoccus hirsute). They will also attack several species of soft scales, including hemispherical scale (Saissetia coffeae) and its relatives. Additional prey includes members of the following insect families: Aleyrodidae, Aphididae, Coccoidea, Psyllidae, Noctuidae, etc. Both adults and larvae predate mealybugs, and the larval stage bears a strong resemblance to their target. Adults are more mobile, so are most effective in preventative application or tall crops, while larvae are better for hot spot treatment.
Why Use Biologicals?
One of the primary benefits of using beneficial insect release is that the process avoids chemical pest control methods such as pesticides. While pesticides are effective at controlling and eliminating pests, some plants and beneficial insects like bees can be affected negatively. Beneficial insects are a natural, organic, and environmentally sustainable way to control pests.
How to order
TerraLink orders beneficials every Tuesday morning for delivery the following week. Order cut-off time is 4:30 pm Monday. Fly parasite orders are placed every other Thursday for delivery the following Wednesday. Email your order to the TerraLink Order Desk or call 1-800-661-4559.