Integrated Pest Management – 17 April 2022
Recently I completed a certificate in Integrated Pest Management.
In summary, the main issues are:
- we need to be aware of the vast range of beneficial insects
- we need to be aware that there are beneficial predator insects available from a number of sources
- chemical use may be possible but some products are available that may not damage the beneficial insects – or the introduced predators.
- there are always a number of cultural practices that should be considered – these take into account specific circumstances, growing environments and the need to preserve populations of beneficial predator insects.
On the North Shore and Northern Suburbs – and indeed the whole of Sydney, there is a growing fashion of maintaining both native and European bees. This is expediating the urban desire to use alternative methods of garden pest and disease management.
Article by Wayne Van Balen, 5 January 2021