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Pest Management and Biological Control


  • Natural Enemies Handbook, An Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This practical guide draws on the experience and knowledge of more than 60 experts from the University of California and beyond. 154 pages Publication 3386 - Published 1998

  • IPM in Practice, Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management This book will help pest management professionals apply the principles of IPM to the many different environments in which they work, such as agricultural crops, urban landscapes, greenhouse, forests, rights-of-way and other managed ecosystems. 296 pages - ISBN 1-879906-50-3 Published 2001

  • Greenhouse IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrols Free Download.  This manual was designed to help greenhouse growers implement biological control (biocontrol) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It begins with an introduction to IPM and its principles, information on starting an IPM/biocontrol program and using compatible pesticides, and then addresses many of the most common greenhouse pests and their biocontrols. The emphasis throughout is biocontrol. This manual is designed to educate commercial greenhouse operators, crop consultants, and IPM scouts to develop biocontrol systems for greenhouses that will maximize yields while reducing pesticide usage.

  • Guidelines for Purchasing and Using Commercial Natural Enemies and Biopesticides in Florida and Other States - Free Download This guide provides assistance in selecting, purchasing and using commercially available natural enemies and biopesticides for managing accurately diagnosed pest problems.

  • Arthropod Pest Management in Greenhouses and Interiorscapes Free Download

  • Manage Insects on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies Free Download or Order Hard Copy here   Learn about the principles of ecologically based pest management and the strategies of farmers around the world to address insect problems. Minimize insect damage with wise soil management and identify beneficial insects to put these “good bugs” to work for you. Examples of successful pest management strategies sprinkled throughout the book will stimulate your imagination to develop a more complex, more diverse ecosystem on your farm.

  • Ball Identification Guide to Greenhouse Pests and Beneficials  - Stanton Gill and John Sanderson Comprehensive guide to identifying arthropod pests and their natural enemies on crops grown in U.S. greenhouses. ISBN: 1-883052-17-3, 256 pages

  • Biocontrol in Protected Culture -  Reference for biological control measures in greenhouses, shadehouses, and other protected environments. Chapters are devoted to general biocontrol theories and practices, as well as specific crops and pests. ISBN: 1-883052-39-4, 560 Pages

  • Knowing and Recognizing: The Biology of Glasshouse Pests and Their Natural Enemies, Second Edition -  This publication covers IPM for greenhouse crops, both vegetable and ornamental. Monitoring, sanitation, biological controls, biorational pesticides, insect growth regulators, and disease control methods are discussed. Tables include information on the newest biorational pesticides and biological control organisms.  288 pp. Hardcover

  • Beneficials on Farmland: Identification and Management Guidelines - Free Download Identification and management guidelines' provides guidance on minimizing pesticide use by using natural enemies in an integrated pest management strategy.

  • Biological Control of Insects and Other Pests of Greenhouse Crops - Free Download or Order Hard Copy here  Greenhouse managers wage ongoing battles with insect pests. This publication features hundreds of natural enemies that can help tip the scales in your favor while limiting the use of toxic chemicals on your crops. Packed with color pictures.

  • Nematodes As BioControl Agents - This book aims to document and illustrate the major developments in the use of nematodes for biological control of insects and slugs. It has three major sections covering entomopathogenic nematodes, entomophilic nematodes, and slug-parasitic nematodes. Each of these sections discusses biology, commercial production, formulation and quality control, application technology, strategy and safety. Separate chapters are devoted to the application of nematodes in different cropping systems, and the efficacy of nematodes against specific pests. 480 pages ISBN13: 9780851990170

  • Biological Pest Management for Interior Plantscapes - Book to help interior plantscapers deal with pest issues on the interior landscape. Steiner, Marilyn Y. and Don P. Elliot. 32 pages. Item/ISBN# 0919975127

  • COINCIDE: The Orton System of Pest & Disease Management - Plan to protect the woody ornamental plants in your landscape or nursery, using this manual as a guide. You will be able to minimize your chemical use. Many insects are vulnerable to controls for only a short time, after which use of pesticides is ineffective. A huge array of woody plants were scientifically observed in the field by Don Orton, to determine the best possible time to spray for pest control.

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  • Farmscaping Techniques for Managing Insect Pests - Farmscaping is a holistic (whole-farm) ecological approach to pest management—particularly for insects. An entomologist, Dr. Robert Bugg coined the term ‘farmscaping’ - defining it as the “deliberate use of specific plants and landscaping techniques to attract and conserve ‘beneficials’.” It refers to the arrangement of plants used for economic purposes (cash crops) and insectary plants used for food and habitat for beneficial insects. Sometimes, the term “farmscaping” is broadened beyond just augmentation of insectary plants to include using trap crops—i.e. plants that are more attractive to the pest, established adjacent to the cash crop.

  • Farming for Pest Management  - Free Download Information on developing habitats for Beneficial Insects


Control Options and Pesticides

  • Spray Oils Beyond 2000 -  Free Download The first international conference on spray oils was held only in 1999. This book brings together over 70 presentations from that conference. It contains important contributions to the use of sprays oils in agriculture and horticulture. It proposes a new a new international classification scheme, explicit standards and common nomenclature, which overcome the confusion of local terms with more than one meaning.

  • IRAC Mode of Action Classification Scheme for Pesticides 2012 - provides professionals with a guide to the selection of insecticides or acaricides for use in an effective and sustainable insecticide or acaricide resistance management (IRM) strategy.

Insect Rearing

  • Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects - 2009, 370 pages, 203 illustrations (25 color), charts, tables. This book provides an in-depth presentation of every primary element comprising professional insect rearing programs. Its scope includes the entire range of insect rearing from small-scale, table-top rearing to industrialscale, mass rearing but focuses on medium-scale rearing, and within medium-scale rearing on the use of artificial rather than natural diets. By applying the principles and procedures discussed here, one can establish new rearing programs or improve those that already exist. In addition, procedures are presented to either prevent or to diagnose and solve many of the problems that may arise in insect rearing.

Insects & Mites


  • Plant Health Care for Woody Ornamentals - The most comprehensive manual available on plant health maintenance, PHC practitioners will find this reference manual invaluable. Well-researched information is provided on the basic biology of woody plants, understanding stress and pest complexes, abiotic disorders and diseases, management of insect and vertebrate pests, weed management, and working with clients and the public. Included is a glossary, an index, applicable tables and charts, 150 color photos and nearly 100 illustrations. (©1997, soft cover, 223 pp., full-color photos, glossary, index, appendices. Developed in partnership with the USDA Forest Service.)


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