How do I identify what pest bug(s) I have?
First, you can download a copy of our pdf guide "Identify Your Pest Bug". The guide is an easy to use one-page flow chart. After using the chart if you are still unsure of the diagnosis or just want to double check, we would recommend using a magnifying lense to take a closer look. If you don't have one, zooming in on your cell phone camera can work too. Don't for get to check the undersides of leaves too! Once you get a better look you can use google images to verify the pest. Remember, pests have different developmental stages so don't forget to look at pictures of eggs, nymphs, larvae, and adults.
If you are still not sure, or you just want a professional opinion, use our 'Get in Touch' page to send us an email with a description of the bug and the damage it is causing. We are always more than happy to help and can identify it for you!
How do I calculate the number of beneficials I need?
When trying to figure out how many beneficals you will need, unfortunately there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Growers use all different methods, strains, conditions, and growing practices and that means solutions will vary. That being said, here are a few tips for estimating your dosage:
- Bigger plants need more beneficials - bigger plants simply have more leaf surface area for pest bugs to hide, therefore, they need a higher number of beneficials to hunt them down. This is one of the reasons that we recommend treating your cannabis plants preventatively when they are in the propagation and vegetative stages of growth. Smaller plants require less product and therefore beneficial cost will be more budget friendly.
- The more severe the infestation, the more beneficials you will need. If the infestation is only affecting one area of your crop you may be able to spot treat the infected area. If you are finding damage throughout the entire cannabis crop, then you have an infestation. Monitoring is really important, allowing you to treat as soon as you find any kind of pest damage and lowering the risk of a small problem turning into a full blown infestation.
- Conditions in the cannabis growing space can affect the beneficials ability to breed. If the conditions are not ideal for breeding, than you may have to apply continuous treatments in order to maintain optimal protection.
On each of our beneficial pages there is a section titled 'Dosage' use this as a guide for estimating. Remember, if you are not sure use our 'Get in Touch' page to email us and we will help you out.
How do I know if I have an infestation?
The best way to figure out if you have an infestation is to monitor and scout in your grow space at least a couple times a week. Look for small flying bugs, check the leaves for signs of: speckling, webbing, missing chunks, twisted trailing, black spots, and mold. The presence of ants and algae can also be indications of pests. Overall the health of your plants can be an indicator of pest bugs. The severity of the infestation is determined by how many plants are affected. If you are finding pest damage throughout your crop you have a severe infestation. If it is just a plant or two then it would be considered a light infestation.
Why are cannabis release rates (dosage) higher than other crops?
Generally cannabis plants are grown large and have a considerable number of leaves which creates numerous places for pest insects to hide. In contrast, for example, a cucumber plant has fewer leaves and therefore would need less beneficials to treat it.
What is 'biological balance' and how do I know when it is achieved?
Biological balance is when the pest bug and beneficial populations have reached a state of equilibrium or stability. This happens at the point that the pest population has stopped growing. To figure out if your crop has reached biological balance watch the new plant growth for signs of damage. When the new growth is not being damaged, that usually means you have reached a point where the beneficals outnumber the pests.
Many of our beneficial bugs will play well together. Check individual product pages for our recommendations. If you can't find the information that you are looking for there, contact us for more information.
How do I know my live product won't die during transportation?
All of our beneficials are packaged will appropriate packaging material to ensure their safe, live, delivery. Check your package upon receipt for viability and notify us within 24 hours of delivery. Getting your beneficials into your crop as soon as possible is most desirable, however, if immediate release in not possible, each product page has directions for proper storage.