Trichogramma Wasps Used as Biocontrol Agents in the Greater Mekong Region

Wasps in the genus Trichogramma are tiny beneficial wasps that feed on the eggs of several insect pests. To help rice farmers in the Greater Mekong Region, a project was launched in 2011 to promote the establishment of Trichogramma mass-production facilities and affordable and practical pest control methods. Rice is culture and a way of […]

New Device Makes Lady Beetles Better, Easier Biocontrol Agents

The spotted lady beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) preys on aphids, spider mites, and other plant-damaging pests, making it a possible biocontrol agent — an organism that is used to control pest organisms. However, there has never been an easy way to raise these lady beetles, until now perhaps. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has developed new […]

New Book on Everything You Need to Know About Good Bugs in Your Garden

A new book called Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects by Dr. Mary Gardiner, an entomologist at Ohio State University, offers gardeners an easy-to-follow reference on beneficial insects that provide pest control by eating the bad bugs in the garden. Wildlife in the garden — especially insects — can […]

Stink Bugs as Biocontrol Agents Against … Stink Bugs

By Chris Patrick Imagine combating stink bugs with … stink bugs. Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is a notorious, non-native agricultural pest — an indiscriminate destroyer of fruits, vegetables, and other farm crops. Managing this pest with a biological control agent (a living organism) is especially important for organic farmers whose regulations […]

Parasitoid Wasps May Be an Effective Tool against Lettuce Aphids

The lettuce aphid (Nasonovia ribisnigri) is an important pest of lettuce worldwide. Lettuce growers have traditionally used chemicals to control the aphids, but even that can be difficult since the aphids prefer to feed on the lettuce heart leaves. However, there may now be an alternative, according to an article that appears in the journal […]