Trichogramma wasps specialize in parasitizing lepidopteran (moth and butterfly) eggs. The adults are tiny, measuring less than 1 mm. After mating, females actively seek lepidopteran eggs and lay their eggs inside. The trichogramma larvae develop and feed on the pest embryo. As they develop, the Trichogramma larvae kill the pest’s egg, solving the problem right at the source. A new generation emerges after 2 weeks.
Tricho-Peppers® use a species of Trichogramma wasps (Trichogramma ostriniae) specifically selected for maximum results in suppressing European corn borer eggs in sweet corn, sweet and hot peppers and hop. In Canada, the use of moth egg parasites is practiced by several producers to control this pest. This method reduces the application of insecticides and % of damaged fruit.
Using Trichogramma wasps in agriculture is safe for humans, animals, plants and the environment. It’s nature at your service!
For the commercial market only.
|Peppers and Hop||1 card of
4 000 T. ostriniae pupae
|100 m2||week||5 weeks
Biological control as a scientific endeavor began more than 130 years ago (beginning in the 1880s).
Source : Encyclopedia of Insects (Vincent H. Resh et Ring T. Cardé, 2003)