need advice on buying 'Thrip Predators'

wildlifegardenMarch 15, 2007

hi all,

I was looking at buying beneficial nematodes for $47 and then found another web site that sells a group of beneficials for $59 which include, ladybugs, nematodes, Thrip Predators (Ambnlyeius cucumeris), and praying mantis egg case....do you all think this would be a good purchase? I was initially looking cuz I think I have thrips and of course in florida, I know have our regular nematodes that have killed other plants in my garden.

will the beneficial nematodes eat thrips and spider mites or should I spend a few extra bucks and get a predator who specifically eats the bugs I have????

thanks, michelle

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all_bout_flowers

Hi Michelle,
I don't know anything about beneficial insects, but one thing I found works pretty well at controlling thrips here where I live in Oregon is a piece of bright blue foam that is found in a craft store or some meat markets use this same color blue to package their meats. I put staple it to a garden stake and then put tangle foot on it, place it right next to my plant that seems to attract thrips. I lost a whole bed of glads to thrips last year unfortunelty, I did not know about this color blue attracting them until later. If you do this soon enough it will bring them to a small toloration.
Now I have to get some out soon before they start multiplying.
Kathy

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 12:38PM
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margenorman(9)

What is tangle foot? I am willing to use it.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 11:44PM
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treelover(z8b SoCtrlTX)

It must be something sticky that traps them. Have never used it myself, but it looks interesting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tanglefoot

    Bookmark   March 30, 2007 at 3:41PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Michelle, see my above post to miss em about my experience with beneficial nematodes. I have no experience with the thrip predators, tho.

Anna

    Bookmark   May 29, 2007 at 9:27PM
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