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Biological Pest Control – IPM cutting edge solutions

A Lunch and Learn series presented by:

UF/IFAS Extension in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The term Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is multifaceted.  One of the components of a good IPM strategy is using Biologicals to control pests.  Along with cultural, chemical, genetic and mechanical methods to prevent and control pest problems, biological control is probably one of the least understood, and yet, one of the most powerful weapons in the IPM toolbox.

Ladybug eggs amidst aphids, their main prey

“The biological component involves the release and/or conservation of natural enemies, such as parasites, predators and pathogens, and other beneficial organisms, such as pollinators.

Ladybug larvae eat more aphids than the adults

The landscape can also be modified to attract natural enemies, provide habitat for them and protect them from pesticide applications.”

Ladybugs to the rescue!

This is a fascinating study of how nature self regulates if given half a chance and how we can better understand the way it works for our mutual benefit.

Growers, nursery workers, landscape and pest control professionals, master gardeners, homeowners: please join us on three consecutive Wednesdays beginning on May 13th for an in depth look at how to use Biological methods to control pests in the landscape:

Approved for CEU’s: ISA (1), and FNGLA (1)

May 13th – Alternatives to pesticides: Natural control through protection of natural enemies and habitat manipulation

Management of key pest groups through the protection of natural enemies that are in the habitat, potentially manipulating the environment to reduce pest pressure or encourage establishment of natural enemies, and using “softer” commercially available products that are compatible with natural enemies such as soaps, oils, and biorational products.  Identifying potential alternative management tools for specific pest problems common in south Florida will be included.

May 20th – Alternatives to pesticides: Using entomopathogens (fungi, nematodes, bacteria)

Management of pests using entomopathogenic fungi, nematodes and bacteria will be discussed.  Available commercial products and key factors on how to successfully use them will be presented.  How these products can be used alone or as part of a management strategy for particular pests impacting south Florida ornamentals will be included.

May 27th – Alternatives to pesticides: Using predators and parasites

Management of pests predators and/or parasites will be discussed.  Available commercial products and key factors on how to successfully use them will be presented.  How these products can be used alone or as part of a management strategy for particular pests impacting south Florida ornamentals will be included.

Please join us via Zoom.  You must pre-register using the links below:

May 13 registration:  https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMud-Gvqz4jH9d-uqPeKdcNQpt-dd24ETAq

 May 20 registration: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcOmopzssGdKri0q5UaLxE0S8V8qBKUJ6

 May 27 registration: https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErd–vpj8oEt35TTUaqtiNAxsTqG6AqAYN

 

 

2 Comments on “Biological Pest Control – IPM cutting edge solutions

  1. Good Afternoon,

    I missed the May 13th webinar, but would like to see the information if possible.

    Also, can you clarify how to get LIAF CEUs?

    Thank you.

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