[Market-farming] Bean beetle control

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 07:40:18 EDT 2012


Thanks!

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM, Road's End Farm
<organic87 at frontiernet.net> wrote:
> Unfortunately, you have to mail order them; several places carry them but I
> think they may all come from a lab in New Jersey.
>
> For small scale use, the shipping may be as expensive as the wasps. They do
> work, though. Not immediately; but they work. I really wish they
> overwintered here.
>
> Here's a couple of sources:
>
> http://greenmethods.com/biocontrols/pediobius/
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> http://www.arbico-organics.com/product/Mexican-Bean-Beetle-Parasites-Pediobius/pest-solver-guide-beetles
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>
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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> On Jul 12, 2012, at 8:48 PM, Allan Balliett wrote:
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> 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.
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> 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.
>
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> This is the only bean beetle control we've used for multiple years, on
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> 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
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