Control armoured scales in citrus and grapes with Rhyzobug
In our continuous pursuit to help growers biologically control pests in their outdoor crops, we are excited to introduce the newest member to our family: Rhyzobug (Rhyzobius lophanthae). Rhyzobug, a small ladybird, preys on most armoured scale species like Californian red scale (Aonidiella aurantii), Oleander scale (Aspidiotus nerii) and Rose scale.
Rhyzobug can be applied in various crops like citrus, grapes, blueberries and kiwi.
Also in tropical fruits like mango and avocado Rhyzobug is an effective tool to control armoured scale.
How to recognize damage of armoured scales
Armoured scales can cause severe damage in your crop and can have a significant impact on your yield. It is therefore important to recognize the damage in an early stage, so you can control the pest on time. For this, we have developed a dedicated page about mealybugs and scales with more information on these pests.
Why to use Rhyzobug
Effective biocontrol solution to control different species of armoured scales, as both adults and larvae predate on armoured scale insects
Easy and safe to apply
No resistance possible
Easy to combine with other natural enemies like Aphytis melinus
Makes it easier to comply with the pesticide backlist in the value chain
Reduces the number of pesticide applications
Environmentally friendly and improves biodiversity
In various field experiments, under different climatic conditions, we have researched the effectiveness of Rhyzobug. As well as the optimal conditions using this natural enemy, making sure you as a grower will reach the best and most effective results.
Rhyzobug has a wide host range and predates on oleander scale, rose scale and Californian red scale, amongst others and is easy to apply. It’s recommended to start introduction as soon as the first armoured scales are detected. You apply it in the evening and tap the beetles directly onto the plants based on 500-3000/ha (for outdoor cultivation) in several applications depending on the degree of infestation.’
Everything you need to know
To support you in comprehending how our new introduced natural enemy Rhyzobug can support you in controlling mealybugs and armoured scales in your crop we have put together a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions.
To download the FAQ, click on the button below.