Domenico Giulian started his company in the mid-seventies in the Salerno area, in southern Italy. Since then he has produced mainly lettuce in...
Koppert's Cryptobug-L replaces chemical treatment of mealybugs
07 March 2017
Cryptobug-L is concerned with larval stages two and three of the predatory beetle Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. These larvae have a voracious appetite and are particularly successful at tackling mealybug hot-spots. For some crops, Cryptobug-L can replace the chemical treatment of mealybugs.
The greedy larvae are particularly effective in treating mealybug hot-spots, in ornamentals, and vegetable crops. Furthermore, Cryptobug-L is also extremely effective in outdoor crops in warmer regions; it can be used at temperatures starting from 16 °C.
Once released into the crop, they immediately go in search of their prey. Though Cryptolaemus montrouzieri larvae are highly active, they cannot fly. It is precisely because of this that the larvae can tackle the mealybugs so powerfully. Research indicates that Cryptobug-L is as effective as chemical treatments. This means that Cryptobug-L can take the place of chemical sprays, and it in turn reduces the risk of resistance developing.
More information about the product Cryptobug-L.