Using Good Insects instead of Pesticides – To control pests


so here at Daley’s Nursery we’re
interested in producing food plants these are plants that produce what
you’re going to eat and we want to reduce the chemicals that we use on our
plants so in order to do that we need to look at alternative ways of controlling
pests and diseases a more organic approach an approach that integrates things into
our environment so in doing so we actually incorporate some of the pests
into our growing procedures and processes our farming practices so what
we’re going to talk about today is the good the bad and the ugly so these are
the good bugs and the bad bugs and here at Daley’s we have warm humid polyhouses this is where we grow things and they’re really great environments for
things like two spotted mites and two spotted mite is a common plant pest so
if you have a look at this plant here this is a berry it’s called a Keriberry and you can see there are some yellow leaves and then some dark green
leaves which is the new growth now these older leaves were infested with two
spotted mites and what we did was we released some predatory mites into this
area of the polyhouse and these have actually controlled this problem on the
plant they’ve just predated them they’re fed
on them we need the two spotted mites to feed the predatory mites and we get a
balance of the two so what we actually get is a healthy
plant and we have a healthy environment that includes lots of different insects
in our environment we also have birds and reptiles and different animals that
visit and live in our polyhouses some of the reptiles will control slugs the
birds will eat insects so they’re really important part of our environment and
they actually make our working environment a better place because we
live beside all the things that are part of our environment and we want to live
beside the insects so if you have insects on your plants the first thing
you need to do is to be able to identify them and in order to do that you actually need a magnifying glass so I have here
these pretty cool glasses these are magnifying glasses and you can
identify pests with these they have a little light and they look super funky and I’ve got here some leaves of the Curry bush so in order to see what’s
infecting these leaves I need to be able to magnify it and what I can see using those glasses
is that the pests that have infected these leaves are no longer there so this
is old damage it’s not current damage and if you look at these plants these
are the curry plants so these also had an infestation of two spotted mites when
we released the predatory mites they took control of this infestation so the
Predators had plenty of food they feasted on these mites they brought the
problem back into balance and you can see now we have this beautiful new
growth on our plant so what we want to try and help you to understand is that a
bit of damage on your plants a few eaten leaves a little bit of discoloration is
not a problem it’s actually a part of our environment and if we want to live
in a rich world with lots of insects and bugs we need to reduce our chemical use
we need to stop using blanket insecticides to control pests and we
need to look at alternatives so today we’re going to look at what someone like bugs for bugs a company that sells organic pest control live
insects to control your bugs can offer you in your backyard and what we’re
doing here at Daley’s Nursery to control our insect pests

4 thoughts on “Using Good Insects instead of Pesticides – To control pests

  1. Thank you for the informative video! My peach tree seems to be doing ok after some eco oil. I have a balcony garden so unfortunately I can’t use the predatory insect control method. Eco oil is still better than chemical pesticide I guess. I’m waiting for my flowering plants to mature the kind that attracts beneficial insects.

  2. I have been doing this for a while the only problem I,am finding is now the hornets are wanting to,build their nests in my house I don’t have flyscreens because I have cats and cats and screens never mixed well at all. I have managed to remove most of the nests from the house well the ones that I could find and placed them outside under shelter to keep them safe but it’s the ones I don’t find that’s going to be a bro lemme later on when they hatch as they in turn want to build within the house as well. I don’t want to spray as it does not help in the long term. I have 3 blue ? (gave up on trying to spell ???) and now I have lots of new baby ones running around and no my cats leave them alone ? they learned at an early age when they got nipped on the nose ?? plus I have an echidna that travels between myself and both of my neighbours houses and yards it’s only small but has done a good job at keeping the ants under control 90% of the time just had a problem last month where the ants came into the house for the first time in mass and attacked all the cats food I hated to spray but had no choice I have never seen so many ants we were literally walking on a walking black carpet. Since then I have kept the kitchen floor and carpets sprayed with surface spray and not had a problem again. I have so many ladybugs that sometimes they land on me and bite me did not even know they could bit lol but I have no aphids either now and the numbers have started to drop off on they ladybugs again but this all started when I stopped spraying bugs spray outside. Still have a problem with green catapilers lost all my cabbages and cauliflowers due to the infestation but it has turned out that many of people here were I live have had the same problem none of us have been able to grow cabbages and cauliflowers this year or last year either will see what the new season for them brings. As for bird life I have that in spades both magpies, blackbirds, small hedgerow birds, owl finch’s as well.

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