Biological controls (aka, biocontrols) are living organisms used as a method of controlling pests. The types of pests that biocontrols can treat include insects, mites, and plant diseases. Biocontrols rely on a human management role for predation, parasitism, competition, or other natural mechanisms.
At urban-gro, we believe that biocontrols can be an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. To be most effective at controlling a pest, a biocontrol agent requires a colonizing ability, which allows it to keep pace with the pest.
Inundative release involves the repeated release of a biocontrol. This tactic is appropriate for high income crops like Cannabis, and works best for controlling pests in an enclosed space.
When should you consider a biocontrol program for your Cannabis crop? Biocontrols are most effective when they are introduced prior to the appearance of major pest infestations. Most biocontrols reproduce faster than pests, and soon overtake the pest infestation. But if pests have a head start, crop damage can occur before the biocontrols catch up. When pest populations are high, we knock them back with the use of organic pesticides, and then introduce high levels of biocontrols to prevent their return.
Contact urban-gro to discuss a biocontrol program for your Cannabis cultivation facility.
What should you know about biocontrols?
Biocontrol has evolved past ladybugs and lacewings. Now, large scale horticulture facilities rely on our various beneficial mites, insects and microbes to control spider mites, Russet mites, aphids, thrips and other pests.