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Which Natural enemies are there?

Biological crop protection is the controlling of pests in a crop by use of natural enemies or biological crop protection products. By making use of a natural enemy as a predator of the harmful organism present in a crop, a natural balance is created in the greenhouse, where the natural enemy controls the pest, preventing damage to the crop. Natural enemies can be used to control different pests. Click for more information. Would you like more information about the use of natural enemies? then contact one of our crop protection specialists.
  • Nematodes as a natural enemy

    Nematodes, also called insect parasitizing nematodes, appear in different species. Depending on the type, nematodes can be used against for example shore fly, caterpillar, thrips, leaf miner, fungus gnats and vine weevil and other kinds of weevils.

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  • Steinernema feltiae

    The Steinernema feltiae nematode is the natural enemy of thrips, caterpillars, sciarid fly and leatherjackets.

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  • Parasitic wasp General

    The feminine parasitic wasp is an insect that is known for its ability to lay eggs in or on other insects. She does this by penetrating the insect using her ovipositor. Some parasitic wasps at the same time spray a paralyzing or deadly toxin into the insect.

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  • Aphidius colemani against aphids

    The parasitic wasp colemani, with its Latin name Aphidius colemani, is known as one of the most effective biological fighters of aphids. Mainly small aphid species are parasitized by the parasitic wasp.

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  • Aphidius ervi against aphids

    The parasitic wasp ervi, also known as Aphidius ervi, is the biological control agent for various aphids. The natural enemy is used in both vegetable and ornamental cultivation because of its good searching behavior for aphid hot spots.

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  • Encarsia formosa against whitefly

    The parasitic wasp Encarsia, also known as Encarsia formosa, is the biological fighter of greenhouse whitefly. You can use this parasitic wasp in vegetable and ornamental cultivation.

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  • Predatory mite general

    The predatory mite is the natural enemy of, for example the spider mite and can thus be used as a biological agent. There are different kinds of predatory mite.

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  • Soil predatory mite

    Soil predatory mite is a natural enemy of for example thrips, fungus gnats and springtail. The best-known types are the Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles), the Gaelolaelaps aculeifer and the Macrocheles robustulus.

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  • Hypoaspis against soil insects

    The predatory soil mite Hypoaspis, also known as Stratiolaelaps scimitus, is the natural enemy of various soil insects, such as thrips pupae and the larvae of the fungus gnat and shore fly.

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  • Phytoseiulus persimilis against spider mites

    The predatory mite Phytoseiulus, officially called Phytoseiulus persimilis, is very voracious and is therefore known worldwide as an effective natural control remedy against spider mites.

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  • Amblyseius cucumeris against thrips

    he predatory mite cucumeris, also known as Amblyseius cucumeris, is the biological fighter of various types of thrips in vegetable and ornamental crops. Because the predatory mite also feeds on pollen and anther dust, it is often used preventively.

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  • Transeius montdorensis against whiteflies and thrips

    The predatory mite montdorensis, also called Transeius montdorensis, is the natural enemy of whiteflies and thrips. The predatory mite is used as an effective biological control agent in vegetable cultivation and floriculture.

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  • Predatory bugs general

    The predatory bug is the natural enemy of thrips and spider mite and can therefore be used as a biological agent. Predatory bugs has different stages: egg, larvae (nymphs), adult (adults).

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  • Orius against thrips

    The predatory bug Orius is the natural enemy of thrips and can therefore be used as a biological fighter. Predatory bugs suck the prey - including the egg, larva or pupa - out through their characteristic snout. As a result, the thrips are killed.

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  • Chrysoperla Carnea

    The Chrysoperla carnea is a natural enemy of aphid. In the larval stage in particular, this insect is very effective against aphid. The larvae of the Chrysoperla carnea are very aggressive and after administering to the crop they will start searching prey immediately.

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  • Gall midge general

    Gall midge is a natural enemy of spider mite and aphid. The gall midge Feltiella acarisuga is especially effective against spider mite; the gall midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza’s main prey is aphid.

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  • Quality control protocols for gall midges

    Gall midges are the natural enemy of various species of aphids and can therefore be used as biological control agents. Different quality control protocols apply to different species of gall midges.

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  • Feltiella Acarisuga against spider mites

    The gall midge feltiella acarisuga (therodiplosis persicae) can be used against many species of spider mites in greenhouses. The gall midge adult can detect spider mites over long distances.

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  • Episyrphus balteatus

    The hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus is the natural enemy of aphid. When the hoverfly is in the larval stage, it feeds with aphids. Using its mouth jaws, the larvae will grab its prey after which it empties it by suction.

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  • Bacillus Thuringiensis Bacterium

    Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium that is a natural enemy of caterpillars. When caterpillars swallow this bacterium, the spores will germinate and the bacteria become active.

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  • Mycorrhiza Fungi

    It is mainly used in soil cultivations, because mycorrhiza can easily settle here. The application of mycorrhiza in substrate cultivations, is done less often. However it is not impossible, if use of a special type of mycorrhiza is made.

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  • Trichoderma harzianum against harmful soil fungi

    Trichoderma harzianum is a fungus that occurs naturally in virtually all soil types. Some strains of this fungus form a natural enemy against harmful soil fungi such as Pythium, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia and Sclerotinia and are therefore used as a natural enemy.

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  • Lecanicillium lecanii fungus against thrip larvae

    Lecanicillium lecanii is a fungus that is a natural enemy to thrip larvae. When a thrip larva ingests this fungus, the germ tubes of the Lecanicillium lecanii invade the insect so that this fungus can continue to grow. This causes the thrip larva to die after about 7 to 10 days.

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  • Beauveria bassiana fungus against thrips and whitefly

    Beauveria bassiana is a fungus that is a natural enemy to thrips and whitefly. When a thrip or whitefly ingests this fungus, the germ tubes of the Beauveria bassiana fungus penetrate the insect, so that the fungus can develop further.

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