Beneficial Organisms

Beneficial Organisms

Associates is the oldest, most experienced producer of beneficials in the United States.  We have a nearly 90 year record of producing premium quality beneficial organisms for our Members.  Associates raises almost one billion beneficials each year at our facility in Ventura County’s Santa Clara Valley, home to one of California’s richest agricultural areas.  Our current production includes Mealybug Destroyer Beetles, Red scale parasitoids, and Californicus predatory mites.  Two of our newer species are the Mealybug parasitoid, Anagyrus and the ACP parasitoid Tamarixia radiata.  Although historically our beneficials have been produced for the benefit of our citrus and avocado growers-members, they are also effective at controlling a wide variety of pests in different horticultural and agricultural crops.  To find out more about the variety of pests they can be used to control, refer to species specific pages below.

  • Asian Citrus Psyllid Control

    Tamarixia radiata for Asian Citrus Psyllid Control

    Tamarixia radiata The spread of disease by this insect cannot be properly controlled by using beneficial releases alone in commercial groves. A fully integrated spray program is essential for success in those situations. Although the parasitoid Tamarixia radiata is most prominent insect mentioned in the fight again urban populations of ACP, ongoing research is showing that predators may [...]
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  • Mealybug Control

    Mealybug Destroyer Beetle for Mealybug Control

    Cryptolaemus montrouzieri A Multi-Purpose Predator Associates Insectary hand-raises and sells millions of this highly adaptable beetle each year. Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, commonly known as the Mealybug Destroyer beetle, attacks a wide variety of soft bodied pests, such as scales, psyllids and aphids, and of course, mealybugs. Cryptolaemus beetles are an important agent used for the control of Pink [...]
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  • Vine Mealybug (VMB) Control

    Anagyrus for Vine Mealybug Control

    Anagyrus pseudococci Vine mealybugs can cause severe damage in your vineyard: Vine mealybugs (VMB) can deposit copious amounts of honeydew on grape bunches. Honeydew serves as a substrate for black sooty mold. VMB can infest bunches directly, making the grapes unfit for consumption. VMB can transmit grape viruses. After being contacted by concerned grape growers who realized [...]
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  • Parasitic Wasp for California Red Scale Control

    Parasitic Wasp for California Red Scale Control

    Aphytis melinus Control of California Red Scale and Other Scales Heavy infestations of Red scale will stress citrus trees and reduce yield. High scale levels can even kill branches and entire trees. Although citrus is the main crop damaged by Red scale, it can also be found infesting 77 different species of plants. Aphytis melinus is a tiny [...]
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  • Californicus Mite for Pest Mite Control

    Californicus Mite for Pest Mite Control

    Neoseiulus californicus Control of Spider Mites on a Variety of Plants Associates Insectary raises and sells tens of millions of this highly effective mite each year.  Associates Insectary hand raises millions of these predatory mites each month by feeding them actual pest mite eggs, not an artificial food source. This expensive and labor intensive practice maintains a [...]
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  • Rumina decollata for Brown Garden Snail Control

    Rumina decollata for Brown Garden Snail Control

    Rumina decollata Rumina decollata Controls Brown Garden Snails Ideal for long-term control of brown snails (Cantareus aspersus, formerly Helix aspersa and Cryptomphalus aspersus), Rumina decollata is a predacious snail that feeds on its own cousin. The Decollate snail is smaller than the garden snail and has a cone shaped shell. It does not climb as well as the [...]
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