Beneficials at work.
IPM Laboratories supplies beneficial organisms for the biological control of pests and the information that you need to be successful with them. We produce 6 species of beneficial organisms and distribute more than 35 other species. IPM Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1981 as IPM Services offering pest management and consulting. Today we supply beneficial insects, beneficial mites, and beneficial nematodes to control pests in greenhouse ornamentals and greenhouse vegetables, as well as nurseries and outdoor vegetables. We have beneficials to control most major pests, including aphids, thrips, fungus gnats, whiteflies, spider mites, shore flies, scales and mealybugs.
IPM Laboratories’ most unique product line is its Aphid Guard series. These are aphid banker plant systems that allow growers to support constant reproduction of Aphidius aphid parasites even when the pest aphids are not in the greenhouse. This system incorporates aphid species that do not attack their crops, but can support the aphid parasites.
How Guardian Plants Reduce Pest Problems
Take a look at the Guardian Plant container that I entered into the Kathy Pufahl mixed planter competition at the Cornell Floriculture Field Days. The first place medal is in the Home Gardener class. The plants in the container include barley for an aphid banker plant, marigolds for thrips control, Garten Mister fuschia for whitefly control, lantana for whitefly control, and black pearl ornamental pepper for thrips control.