Agricultural Insect Control Products offered by Terregena. Organic and safe. Environmentally friendly. Our products provide organic insect control on farms and in barns combating darkling beetles and flies.
balEnce products are approved for sale in both the US and CANADA — in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and for organic production by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and in Canada by the Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
balEnce BioPesticide is a host-specific pathogen that kills adult flies and fly larvae but is safe for humans, animals, beneficial insects and the environment. balEnce is available in a concentrated liquid spray for adult flies and fly larvae.
After application, adult flies and fly larvae die in 24 to 72 hours.
The active ingredient in balEnce, Beauveria bassiana, is a fungal spore that infects the adult fly and fly larvae on contact. The fungus consumes and kills the insect. Flies do not develop resistance to balEnce as with most chemical pesticides — so rotation of pesticides is not necessary or desirable.
Darkling beetles transmit many poultry diseases as well as harbor several parasites.
Examples include leucosis (Marek’s), Infectious Bursal Disease (Gumboro), coronavirus, Newcastle Disease Virus, avian influenza, Salmonella sp, E. coli, Aspergillus sp, Eimeria spp., roundworms, and tapeworms.
Broiler, turkey, brooder and grow-out houses are ideal environments for the darkling beetles to breed, thrive and multiply. The houses provide optimal temperatures and food for this pest and the beetles’ livability is near 100 percent from egg to adult. This results in very large numbers of insects in the house.
balEnce is a solution of the spores (conidia) of Beauveria bassiana (Bb) — a naturally occurring, environmentally friendly fungus that is present in soils throughout the world. Beauveria bassiana occurs in numerous strains which target and are fatal to certain insects — these specific insects are called the “host”.
The spore is picked up by the target, host insect, reproduces inside it, and kills the insect. Generally, and depending on the target insect and the ambient temperature, the Bb-infected insect ceases reproduction and succumbs in three to five days.
The Beauveria bassiana spores present in the environment are only sufficient to infect and kill a very small percentage of its target insect. By adding balEnce to the environment where the target insect is an issue, one is increasing the amount of this natural insect predator to a level that is sufficient to control them.
Because balEnce is an insect-specific pathogen, it has no negative impact on humans, animals or other insects.
Beneficial insects include parasitic wasps, hister beetles (Carcinops pumulio) and earwigs. Terregena provides parasitic wasps as one of its arsenal of agricultural insect control products. These beneficial insects are an essential part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system that also includes the Terregena line of balEnce BioPesticide products.
Female parasitic wasps, also known as fly predators, deposit their eggs inside the fly pupae and, once hatched, the parasitic wasp larvae consume the pupating fly – killing the fly before it emerges. These wasps are approximately 2.5 mm (half the size of a gnat). Parasitic wasps may be added, especially after clean-out, at a rate of approximately 500,000 wasps per house per week for several weeks.
Hister beetles help control the fly population by consuming up to 40 fly eggs per day. They resemble darkling beetles but are smaller at approximately 1.5 mm (1/16 in.). Earwigs are very aggressive and consume fly larvae. Begin releasing your fly predators with the first warm weather.
Darkling beetles are NOT beneficial insects. They are a source of disease transmission, plus, they also eat other beneficial insects, such as the hister beetle.
Use balEnce BioPesticide Spray for adult flies and fly larvae along with maintaining dry manure to minimize the fly breeding habitat for effective and economical fly control. It is important to note that chemical pesticides kill beneficial insects while balEnce BioPesticide is not harmful.