Environs Ltd has taken an unique approach in the effort to manage pests within our fields. Traditional methods of applying broad based insecticides are being replaced by more direct, less toxic and appropriate sprays. Creating an environment within our fields that allows beneficial insects to help control pest populations is our mandate. A change to our pesticide products and a more focused approach to the identification of target pests on host plants has allowed us to improve the overall management of pests within our IPM program. Additionally, on two of our farms we have planted a perimeter of blue grass to further assist with creating areas that will act as habitat for beneficial insects in future years. As the year progresses I will update our Blog to keep you posted on this approach to managing pests.
The photo above (Predatory Stink Bug Attacking Moth Caterpillar) is an excellent example of the natural pest control that occurs within the nursery when pesticide toxicity is low. Predators attacking pests are happening all day and sometimes at night as well. When excess insecticides are used, natural predators are killed and these interactions may not happen. When predators are not there to keep pests in balance, unnatural outbreaks can occur.