[Market-farming] Bean beetle control

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 07:46:45 EDT 2012


Boy, I guess you wish they overwintered!

If they are as expensive as they seem to be, I've got to grow more
beans to make them worthwhile, I'm afraid.

Thanks for making me aware of them.

-Allan in WV

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/
>
> http://www.arbico-organics.com/product/Mexican-Bean-Beetle-Parasites-Pediobius/pest-solver-guide-beetles
>
>
>
>
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
>
>
>
>
> On Jul 12, 2012, at 8:48 PM, Allan Balliett wrote:
>
> 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
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