What Organic Pest / Bug Products do you use?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by CrazyBlonde, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    fourth post old buddy, "Barry carries a variety of organic pest/repellent products, I can only speak to ours, Essential-1"
    Oh BTW Tech Terra carries Essential-1, it is very good for mosquitoes, ticks and fleas

    Just a quick marketing note folks: summer camps are very profitable for many private schools and such. They do not like their campers going home with lots of bug bites and will spend almost whatever it takes to get rid of them

    This is also a great message for them to tell the staff, parents and campers

    They don't like mothers yelling at them about west nile virus or Lymes disease
     
  2. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Posts: 217

    Bring in the ant eaters wasps snakes bats etc. HEHEHEHE
    Get some GREEEN>>>>____......___<<<<<
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    Fo box elder bugs and the asian beetles who like find a crack in the siding on the South side of the house to crawl into... Then every warm Spring day when the sun is beating on the wall, they swarm by the hundreds all over the outside...

    I tried a solution of borax in the portable pumpup sprayer and covered the wall when they were out... Last time I was spraying there were only a few around the foundation... Works for ants as well... With them I just dust...
     
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    how old are you ? 12, maybe 10
     
  5. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    I've been using beneficial insects on my sites for fifteen years.

    Alot of times, the results are slower to achieve. Many of the clients like to see the
    eco-friendly products offered in their service agreements. Alot of the cities around
    Vancouver are pesticide free. Soon this province and eventually the entire country
    will have cosmetic pesticide bans.
    Frankly, we aren't in bed with the big chemical companies here.
    Google: Anslinger, Hearst and ....... the trillogy as we call it.

    Any-thing we can do to be ahead of the curve up here is a good thing for business and our own knowledge and every-ones health.

    For the control of aphids I use a midge. Aphidaletes sp. It looks like a miniature mosquito
    I won't use lady bugs. They just fly away.
    I'll also use diatomecious earth and sticky bands on the trees to control the ants from farming the aphids like cattle for their honey dew excrement. yum

    Nematodes are used to control a number of things including European Chafer beetles in
    our lawns. The racoons and crows literally tear up stressed lawns that the Chafer has laid its eggs in (mid July) The larvae are these big white grubs that look similar to crane fly larvae. We use nematodes for the crane flies too.

    People have to change their cultural maintenance practices and stop cutting their lawns so short. That is what is attracting the E. Chafer.

    I've seen entire blocks that compete to have the shortest greenest lawn. It's power raked and stressed to death. Then sprayed with mass amounts of chemicals to keep the weeds at bay

    Then they wonder why the whole area has the European Chafer
    and their lawns get torn up.

    Again for the 16 species of weavils we get around here, we use nematodes.
    It takes about three years for a severly notched Rhododendron to look good again.

    I have many other options available to me, but these are the ones that I use regularly and are always listed in our scope of work.

    For weeds I have been using Fiesta and EcoSense. They contain iron.
     
  6. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 757

    Ecoexempt IC2 works very well. smells minty
     

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