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Podcast: Biological Controls with Kyra Rude

On the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast this week we chat with Kyra Rude, the general manager at Rincon Vitova Insectaries. Rincon Vitova is a company that produces and distributes insects and other organisms, supplies and tools for the biological control of pests. 

Kyra does the pioneering work that uses natural enemies in ecologically based pest management. And she has degrees in both biology and culinary arts. We chat about how we can use biological controls to solve our pest problems in the garden.

Kyra Rude of Rincon Vitova Insectaries

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a parasitic wasp on pupae


Visit Rincon Vitova online

Read The Bug Farm blog.

Kyra Rude provided soooo many resources for your pest control needs. Check these out:

Read this guide to natural enemies to find out what bugs will work with you in the garden

Choose lacewings! They are great generalists that target many pests in the garden.

chrysoperla carnea (lacewing) larva eating an aphid

Kyra’s recipe for ant suppression: 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water, 2 tsp boric acid. Mix together and use as bait in ant traps.

Watch this video from Dr. Mark Hoddle on biological control of the Asian Citrus Psyllid. Grow alyssum to attract the right tamarixia wasp to your fruit trees.

Find more about the power of worm castings in Christy’s books. And get 25% off through June 30, 2024 with code NERDLOVE25 at checkout.

And learn how to ID and find solutions for the pests in your garden in our online course Creating a Healthy Garden.

This is how they feed fly eggs at Rincon Vitova.

Incorporate biological controls into your garden for a healthy ecosystem and better balance between plants and pests. Whether you attract them with beneficial flowers or import them to do more diligent work, biological controls help make gardening easier.

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