Using Beneficial Predators to Combat Grapevine Pests
Lake County growers often include beneficial predators in their Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy in the vineyard. Common insects that are used include predatory mites, lacewings, and lady beetles among others.
Growers purchase insects from a commercial insectary and put them out on the vines or encourage them to naturalize with habitats that provide pollen, nectar, and shelter.
Beneficial Predators at Six Sigma Ranch
Dig Deeper - Biological Control and Natural Enemies of Invertebrates
Biological control is the beneficial action of parasites, pathogens, and predators in managing pests and their damage. Biocontrol provided by these living organisms, collectively called “natural enemies,” is especially important for reducing the numbers of pest insects and mites. Read more....