The Buzz on Beneficial Insects - FAQ's

We have put together many of the questions our customers have about biological protection and pollination systems. If you are unable to find an answer to your question here, drop us a line. Use "Contact Us" to send an e-mail with your specific question or to leave your comments about our products, the web site or your gardening success stories. 

First, if you have just bought a microscope, don't fool yourself into thinking you may have pest mites:
Link:  https://www.everwoodfarm.com/pdf/NotPestMiteEggs.pdf

If releasing beneficial insects outdoors, will I need to reorder after a rainfall? How soon can I water? 
Rainfall will have little effect on your beneficial insects. You should water as you normally would. 

How can I tell the beneficial insects are working and how long will it take to see results? 
You will be able to see that beneficial insects are working when you notice that pest numbers are beginning to decrease. It will usually take about 3 weeks to observe significant decreases in pest numbers. 

Will the beneficial insects and bumblebees result in a decrease in naturally occurring beneficial insects and pollinators? 
No. In fact, usually the opposite will occur. 

Once I receive my insect products, when should I apply them? 
All products should be applied as soon as possible after they arrive at your home. 

Are beneficial insects temperature sensitive? 
Yes. Most products are very temperature sensitive and should not be exposed to thermal extremes. As a rule of thumb, if you receive a product and must wait a short time before applying it to your plants, you may store the package in your household refrigerator for 1 - 2 days. 

At what temperatures do beneficial insects work best? 
To work properly, most products require warm temperatures in the growing area. As a rule of thumb, if the temperature is OK for the pest, it is OK for the beneficial insect. Guidelines for correct temperatures are included in each shipment. 

Is biological control a "quick fix" for my insect problem? 
No. Biological control takes time to work, but the results can be worth the wait. If used correctly, beneficial insects will provide effective pest insect control without the use of toxic chemicals. 

How soon after spraying a pesticide can I release beneficial insects and bumblebees? 
It depends on the chemical that is used. To answer your specific questions, plase give us a call.

How are beneficial insects packaged? 
We use the latest packaging techniques in order to provide a suitable transportation environment for each species of beneficial. Product forms range from predatory mites in plastic bottles with vented caps to parasitic nematodes in plastic blister packs. Every package is specially designed to provide each beneficial insect product with the best shipping environment possible.

How fresh are the products when I receive them? 
Every beneficial insect is produced and supplied fresh each week. 

Are beneficial insects suitable for outdoor use? 
Yes. In many cases they can prove to be a valuable tool in the home garden. Read the recommendations for each product carefully to see where it can be used. 

How do beneficial insects control insect pests? 
Generally, beneficial insects are either predators or parasitoids. Predators eat their prey while parasitoids use pest insects as a host for reproduction. In both situations, they can reduce pest populations to the point where they are not a danger to your plants. 

What happens to the beneficial insects when all the pest insects are gone? 
Biological controls are dependent on a population of natural enemies for their survival. In an ideal biological control system, there will always be a population of beneficial insects and pests in order to keep a natural balance. However, in most situations, the beneficial insects tend to disappear once the pest species has been eradicated. 

Can beneficial insects be harmful to humans or pets? 
Not at all. Our products can only have a negative effect on their natural enemies. 

Can beneficial insects be harmful to plants? 
No. Beneficial insects are chosen for their ability to control pests and do not cause plant damage. 

Should I be concerned about introducing biological pest control insects into the environment? Can they cause damage or affect natural ecosystems? 
No. All of our beneficial insects are naturally occurring parts of our native ecosystems. However, this comes with a caveat:  Restrictions may apply in specific states.  Please check with your local Department of Agriculture or Extension Service for suitability in your area.

 

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