[Market-farming] Bean beetle control

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 20:48:05 EDT 2012

Hey, Richard -

This is exciting!

For some reason I've never heard of this wasp.

Where do you pick them up from? I haven't put the JUMBO seeds in yet
(but I mowed the old beans down and tilled in the debris earlier
today) I will be doing that an acre or so away from the 'infestation.'

I'd like to try the Pediobius, fer sure!

Thanks -Allan

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM, Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Allan,
> We get acceptable Mexican bean beetle control with the purchased parasite
> Pediobius.  This would be too late for the heavily infested beans you have
> out (takes time to build their number), but may be worth a try for new
> plantings of beans.
> We like the idea of a tiny wasp that searches and destroys most bean beetle
> larva, and the idea that each larva thus found produces many more wasps.
> This is the only bean beetle control we've used for multiple years, on
> several hundred row feet of pole beans per year.
> For effective use of the Pediobius wasp, this appears to be one area of life
> where it's worth reading and following the instructions.
> Richard in SW VA
>> Also, my last planting of beans has been hit pretty hard by bean
>> beetles, inspite of weekly spraying with pyrethreum  I'm wondering if
>> anyone is having luck controlling bean beetles (for example: is that
>> bean beetle bT still off the market?)
>> Thanks
>> _Allan in WV where the heatwave is coming back next wk
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