Encarsia Formosa, Eretmocerus eremicus, Delphastus catalinae, Amblyseius swirskii for whitefly control.

Encarsia formosa has been used as a natural pesticide to control whitefly populations in greenhouses since the 1920s. Use of the insect fell out of fashion due to the increased prevalence of chemical pesticides and was essentially non-existent by the 1940s. Since the 1970s E. formosa has seen something of a revival, with renewed usage in greenhouses. E. formosa is used for whitefly control in greenhouses on tomatoes, strawberries and in floricultural and nursery plants. Biological control of the greenhouse whitefly can often be provided in enclosed areas by introducing sufficient numbers of commercially available E. formosa. Release programs of Encarsia formosa are most effective when the initial population of whiteflies is quite low (only a few whiteflies per plant) and long-residual insecticides have not been applied in advance of the parasite release. For biological control to be successful use more selective and less persistent insecticides, and control ants since they disrupt the oviposition of E. formosa.

 Encarsia formosa, an endoparasitic wasp, is the most important parasite of the greenhouse whitefly. Adult female Encarsia formosa are tiny wasps with a dark brown to black head and thorax and a bright yellow abdomen. Males are dark in color but are rare. Adult females host feed on all immature stages by puncturing the body with their ovipositors and consuming the exuding blood. Eggs are laid into third and fourth-instar whiteflies and hatch into larvae that feed within the whitefly nymph and grow through three larval instars before killing the host. Greenhouse whitefly nymphs turn dark brown or black approximately one week after being parasitized and their skin forms a black pupal case for the parasite. Silverleaf whiteflies parasitized by E. formosa stay lighter in color and do not turn black. 

Delphastus catalinae  is considered an effective biological control agent for whiteflies because of its high prey consumption rates, long adult survival, and high reproduction rates. Delphastus is used to control whiteflies in tropical and semi-tropical plants as well as commercial greenhouses. The predators avoid feeding on parasitized whiteflies, therefore is compatible with whitefly parasites such as Encarsia and Eretmocerus species. Delphastus also tends to feed in high density whitefly populations, while parasites do best at lower densities. Further, Delphastus prefer feeding on whitefly eggs.  Optimum conditions are moderate to high temperatures of 61-90°F (16-35°C), but Delphastus do not fly at temperatures below 55°F. They do not enter diapause under short-day conditions, therefore remain active all season. Target Pests: Greenhouse whitefly, Banded-winged whitefly, Sweet potato whitefly, Silverleaf whitefly, Woolly whitefly, Azalea and Hibiscus whitefly, Cloudywinged, citrus and rhododendron whitefly and Citrus blackfly.

Eretmocerus eremicus is a tiny parasitic wasp (~1 mm in length) that is indigenous to the southern desert areas of California and Arizona and is an important parasitoid of whiteflies in these areas. Adults live for 1-2 weeks and lay approximately 100-200 eggs during their lifetime. Most of these eggs are laid within the first few days after emergence from their pupal cases. These numbers however are quite variable and depend on a number of factors such as temperature, host whitefly and host plant of the whitefly.

Although these wasp species will host feed on all 4 whitefly instars, they prefer to parasitize 2nd and 3rd instars, laying their eggs underneath the larvae. The wasp larva then enters the whitefly after hatching. The effectiveness of this wasp is due to both parasitism and host feeding by the adult. Host feeding is necessary for egg development and an individual Eretmocerus female can kill up to 30 GWF nymphs/day.     

Target Pests: E. eremicus attacks whiteflies, including greenhouse whitefly, sweetpotato whitefly, silverleaf whitefly, and bandedwinged whitefly.

Amblyseius Swirski Predatory Mite, Amblyseius swirskii is an excellent biological control agent and has been used in controlling tiny pests such as whiteflies, thrips and spider mites that cause a serious damage to many economically important crops grown both in the greenhouses and fields. Effective against the following pests: Asian Citrus Psyllid, Broad mites, russet mites, two spotted spider mite, Western flower thrips, Chilli thrips, Asian Citrus Psyllid, Greenhouse whitefly, and Tobacco whitefly. 

Encarsia formosa

Product ID: EF10

Encarsia formosa is used for whitefly control in greenhouses on tomatoes, strawberries and in floricultural and nursery plants. 3,000 EF 36.25, 7,500 EF $75.00, 15,000 EF $127.75
Amblyseius Swirskii-100 sachets / 250 swirskii in each sachets Slow Release Mite

Product ID: SML-Qty 100 sachets of 250 Swirskii per sachet

Amblyseius swirskii, a predatory mite that's not all that picky when it comes to its daily meal. It eats many species of small insects and mites, which is ideal when different types of pests occur simultaneously. Amblyseius swirskii is primarily known as a thrips predator that is ideal for warmer climates as it is native to the Mediterranean. It feeds not only on thrips, but also broad mites, russet mites, as well. If you want to gradually apply predatory mites, the Swirski-Mite slow-release sachets are a better choice. These bags contain the predatory mites, food, and bran for protection. The mites reproduce in the bag and move from there into the crops. The slow release will last up to 4 weeks.
Amblyseius Swirskii- Fast Release predatory Mites 25,000 & 50,000

Product ID: SM25

Amblyseius swirskii is a very effective generalist predatory mite used to suppress immature thrips, two-spotted spider mites, cyclamen mites, broad mites, and whiteflies in ornamental, fruit and garden crops.
Encarsia formosa and Eretmocerus eremicus mix

Product ID: EE-encarsia_formosa_and_eretmocerus_eremicus_mix

Mix biological control agent mix contains the hymenopterous parasites, Encarsia formosa and Eretmocerus eremicus. It controls the younger larvae of greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum, and silverleaf/sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, by host feeding and the older larva by parasitism reproduction.
Eretmocerus eremicus

Product ID: Eretmocerus eremicus10

Eretmocerus eremicus is a tiny parasitic wasp (~1 mm in length) that attacks whiteflies and many species of Aphids. Greenhouse whitefly, Sweet potato whitefly, Silverleaf whitefly, Poinsettia whitefly, woolly whitefly, Citrus whitefly and bayberry whitefly. But unlike E. formosa, which lay their eggs in the 2nd through 4th immature whitefly stages, Eretmocerus eremicus females lay their eggs underneath those same stages, with a preference for the 2nd instar stage. The wasps’ larvae which hatch from the eggs begin to enter the host and thus slowly weaken and kill the developing whiteflies from the outside-in.
Whitefly Predatory Beetle -Delphastus pusillus

Product ID: DP10

Delphastus catalinae is considered an effective biological control agent for whiteflies because of its high prey consumption rates, long adult survival, and high reproduction rates. Delphastus catalinae has received research attention in Florida and other states for its value as a predator of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), which is an economically important pest of ornamental and agricultural crops.

Whiteflies are small insects (1 to 3 millimeter). Adults have four broad wings of approximately the same size. The adult is the most mobile stage and is responsible for colonizing the host plant. Whiteflies can move and disperse over long distances by flying upward and being picked up and carried by air currents. Eggs are usually laid on the underside of young leaves and may be deposited randomly throughout the leaf, in circles, arcs or spirals, depending on the species.

The eggs hatch into mobile first instars called crawlers, which search and find a suitable feeding site. They then insert their mouthparts and remain in one place for the rest of their immature stages.