Nursery Integrated Pest Managment
Whether you plan on starting a plant nursery or already operate one, implementing an effective pest control management system is essential for plants to thrive. At the nursery level, a pest population means the destruction of an entire crop. The best way to avoid infestations is to manage pests before they balloon into a total loss for your crop. Environmental Plant Management has the resources you need to control pests naturally and safely in plant nurseries.
High Kill Rate on 1st Application: 98% Russet Mites, 98% Aphids, 100% Whiteflies, 90% Thrips, 89% Spider Mites, Powdery Mildew
The Benefits of Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. IPM plans provide a coordinated and interrelated method of controlling insects or micro-organisms that are detrimental to the continued success of plant growth. IPM programs use current information on pest life cycles and their impact on the environment around them. This information is used to manage pest damage by the most economical, practical, and eco-friendly means.
Starting an Integrated Pest Management Plan with EPM Products
At Environment Plant Management, we specialize in providing products and resources for effective IPM plans. Our industry-leading insecticide and fungicide products are designed to be core components in plant nursery IPM plans.
Key steps involved in a successful Integrated Pest Management plan include:
- Check incoming plants for pests and apply Protection Plus™ whether or not pests are evident.
- A quarantine area is advised for all incoming plants before integrating with the crop.
- If pests are found, notify suppliers.
- Check incoming visitors and employees for pests. A change of clothing may be required for employees with their own private gardens or if they live near fields or farms.
- Immerse the soles of shoes in a sanitizing agent before entering indoor areas.
- Spray Protection Plus™ on leaves, stems, the surface area under the canopy, walkways, and delivery docks regularly.
Common Pests in Plant Nurseries
When it comes to plant disease, the six most prominent problems for nurseries are Aphids, Russet Mites, Spider Mites, Thrips, Whiteflies, and Powdery Mildew. Each pest brings a unique challenge for plant nurseries and must be controlled.
There are two types of aphids: Leaf Aphids and Root Aphids. As their names imply, Leaf Aphids' life cycle occurs entirely on the leaf, while Root Aphids start in the soil and move to above-ground vegetation. Both aphids' eggs are oblong in shape and may be seen with white, light green, or brownish pigmentation. Aphids feature a tear-drop body with two antennae-like protrusions at the insect's rear, with Root Aphids tending to be much more colorful.
Russet Mites typically spend their entire life cycle on the plant's leaf. Russet Mite eggs are slightly smaller than the trichome, with a more rounded appearance. After treatment, eggs will turn from transparent to opaque to orange, signifying their transition from healthy to dead.
The Spider Mite life cycle begins and ends on the leaf. When temperatures exceed 75°F, Spider mites can go from hatch to adult in 3-4 days. It is crucial to control Spider Mites as early as possible. Spider Mite eggs have a rounded appearance, with some species showing black dots. After treatment, eggs will turn from transparent to opaque to orange, signifying their transition from healthy to dead.
Whitefly eggs are oblong and whitish. The nymphs are translucent and may take on the color of the plant leaf as light bounces back through it. Flying insects always pose a unique challenge. However, Protection Plus™ is an excellent knockdown pesticide. Spraying over the canopy will promote flight, providing a good time to ensure enough pesticide travels into the air to make contact will all of the fliers.
Thrips crawl and fly and are typically very difficult to kill with standard insecticides. When they begin to fly, they can be found almost anywhere. Thrips' life cycle starts in the ground, so the soil must be treated to kill the eggs, larvae, and adults.
Powdery Mildew typically begins as circular, powdery white spots on leaves, stems, and sometimes fruit. Powdery Mildew covers the leaves' upper part but may also grow on the undersides. Young foliage is especially susceptible to damage from Powdery Mildew, causing leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Protect Your Nursery with Integrated Pest Management Products from EPM
Protection Plus™ is a natural solution that handles all six of these pests before they create an infestation. Designed to be used in an Integrated Pest Management plan, this 3-in-1 pesticide, miticide, and fungicide allows you to control pests in your nursery. With a significantly high kill rate, Protection Plus™ delivers superior results without the need to rotate crops.
Whether you are controlling pests during the germination and seed starting stage, after transplanting, or as you grow out plants into larger specimens, Protection Plus™ is your solution for implementing a highly effective Integrated Pest Management system.
EPM is Your Source for Natural Integrated Pest Management Resources
Find a distributor today to purchase Protection Plus™ pest control. Contact us to learn more about how Environmental Plant Management products integrate into a comprehensive IPM plan. We are committed to providing the best natural plant health products.