Upcoming IPM Workshop in Niagara: Achieving Sustainable Biocontrol in Floriculture

HandlensFeeling a bit lost when it comes to pest management? Searching for advice on how to achieve a sustainable, long-term biocontrol program for your operation?

Then mark your calendars for February 23rd! A new IPM Workshop is here. Read on for details.

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2017 Update: 4 Ways You May Be Killing Your Predatory Mites, and How to Check!

PowerPoint PresentationNote: This is a re-post but contains important information on use of DDVP (dichlorvos) with mite sachets. (See point 4!)

In 2017, I had an interaction with a grower where their long-standing biocontrol program for thrips suddenly seemed to be failing. After a (too long) investigation by  myself, the grower, and consultants, we found out the horrible truth: their predatory mites were being MURDERED (Duh dun DUHNNN!)… By improper storage.

This post focuses on all the ways YOU might also be guilty of mite murder, and how to make sure your mites are still alive and kicking in those little sachets.

(And yes, I’ve stooped to the level of click-bait titles).

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Accessing Info on GH Floriculture Pesticides Quickly and Easily

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An snapshot of Health Canada’s new Pesticide Labels App for Droid or Apple phones.

Ever needed just to quickly look up a rate for a particular pesticide, or see if it’s compatible with your bio program, only to get lost on Google or get frustrated by the numerous tables in Pub 370?  Well, me too.

Read on for resources to make accessing pesticide information quicker and easier for Ontario’s floriculture sector.

These include a new mobile app for ALL registered pesticides, as well as a downloadable spreadsheet you can tailor to your needs.

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4 Ways You’re Accidentally Killing Your Predatory Mites!

PowerPoint PresentationNote: This is a re-post because it now comes with an awesome new video of how to monitor you mite sachets!

Recently, I had an interaction with a grower where their long-standing biocontrol program for thrips suddenly seemed to be failing. After a (too long) investigation by  myself, the grower, and consultants, we found out the horrible truth: their predatory mite were being MURDERED (Duh dun DUHNNN!)… By improper storage.

This post focuses on whether YOU might also be guilty of mite murder.

(And yes, I’ve stooped to the level of click-bait titles).

Continue reading “4 Ways You’re Accidentally Killing Your Predatory Mites!”