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Bad Bugs
Hydroponic gardening's popularity has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, especially in North America.

Identifying the Good from the Bad...
To create the perfect growing environment for your Hydroponics project, and to ensure the optimum growing conditions to produce a beautiful, tender, dirt-free, flavorful product. We suggest you utilize beneficial insects, or "good bugs", to eat the "bad bugs", which keeps your produce free of harmful pesticides.

Although bringing in good bugs to eliminate a bad bug problem might not always solve the problem, you might have to resort to a pesticide.  In cases like this, our staff is very educated and can direct you to the best product to use.  

Watch Out For These Guys

When possible, it is always recommended to use these guys to fend off the "Bad Bugs" that might take home in your hydroponic garden. The important thing to remember is that these bugs are a protector of your plants and you do not want to eliminate them.

 

Aphids
Description: They are very small with light colored bodies. They leave a sticky residue on the leaves.

Treatment: Remove damaged leaves, wash plant leaves with warm water for a week then spray an insecticidal soap onto leaves. 

Caterpillars
Description: Most kinds of caterpillar are considered plant pests and will eat the leaves.

Treatment: Pick off by hand. 

 

Cockroaches
Description: Small dark colored insects with beetle like bodies.

Treatment:  Pick off by hand if you can catch them. Remove any organic debris from the base of the plant. Set out roach traps. 

Cutworms
Description: Small worm type insects that curl up into a ring shape. They eat through plant roots and topple the plant.

Treatment: Not too common in hydroponics - if found, spray with insecticide. 

European Corn Borers
Description: Small, 1 inch long caterpillars who bore into plant stems and eat them from the inside out.

Treatment: Spray with insecticide.

Fungus Gnats
Description: The hatched offspring of tiny black flies. The maggot offspring attack plant roots.

Treatment:  Discard any damaged plants, spray with insecticide. Not too common in a hydroponics garden.

 

Leaf Hoppers
Description: Small, 1/8 inch long, wedge shaped insects that suck the sap through the plant leaves.

Treatment: Pick off by hand and apply insecticide if needed.  

Praying Mantis
A Praying Mantis can grow to be four inches long in just one season and will feed on almost any insect it can overcome. Allow several weeks of warm weather for hatching.  

Spider Mite Destroyers
Spider Mite Destroyers breed twice as fast as spider mites and eat up to five mites or 20 mite eggs every day! Over time, your spider mite populations will dwindle. To control spider mites in six weeks, estimated use is one predator for every 20 spider mites. 

 

Whitefly Predators
Whitefly Predators are fast eaters; they eat one whitefly larva in just 30 seconds. Imagine what these hungry helpers can do for your garden as they munch up to 600 whitefly eggs every day! 300-500 predators cover 1,000 square feet. To use, just shake the predators out of their package onto plant foliage. Predators do best between 65-90 degrees 

 

Fungus Gnat Predator
Nature's alternative to chemical insecticides, Fungus Gnat Predators feed on the larvae of fungus gnats and other small soil-dwelling creatures including thrips, mites, and springtails. Five thousand predators treat up to 200 square feet of growing surface. 
Predator Mites
Predator Mites usually gain control of spider mite infestations after 4 weeks. Release 100 mites per 25 square feet. Predator mites will be effective in a wide variety of conditions: from 55-90 degrees Fahrenheit and from 45-90% relative humidity.  
Thrip Predators
These predators feed on immature thrips (soil and leaf pupating) and an occasional spider mite as well. Use 100-500 per plant or 200,000 per acre to control thrip infestations. For maximum effectiveness, humidity must remain between 70% and 85%. 
Beneficial Nematodes
Beneficial Nematodes control over 250 different insects in the soil, including weevils, loopers, borers, moths, and fleas. They are harmless to earthworms and leave plants alone. Not to be confused with pest nematodes, beneficial nematodes are parasitic, and invade the bodies of their prey, leaving behind the dead insect carcasses. One batch fits onto a small, 2" sponge and will cover up to 2,000 square feet. To use, submerge the sponge in water and soak into soil with a watering can or pressure-sprayer. Nematodes may also be injected into borer holes with a syringe. If necessary, Beneficial Nematodes may be stored in the refrigerator (40-50 degrees F) for up to 2 months.