Orcon Live Beneficial Bugs

Arett Outlook May 2016

Spring is here and Orcon Ladybugs and Lacewings are ready to fly your way. We have plenty of live beneficial bugs, packaged and ready to ship – praying mantis, ladybugs, earthworm (red wigglers), grub control, flea destroyer, and beneficial nematodes, to name a few. Plus we have specialty beneficial insects you can offer without having to stock live bugs, available as pre-paid certificates (formerly known as mailbacks).

Recently the city of Irvine CA, population 236,000, voted to use organic pesticides as the first line of defense fighting bugs. It is a trend that is growing, especially with homeowners. As more and more people look to natural and organic solutions, beneficial insects can fill that need.

While Orcon/Organic Control, Inc. offers 10 live bugs, they also have a complete line of beneficial insects that you can carry without having to stock live bugs. Their Pre-Paid Certificates (Certs) are like gift cards, redeemable for live bugs. Your customer purchases the Cert from you, then contacts Orcon and Orcon sends the live bugs directly to your customers’ door. From favorites like beneficial nematodes to specialty insects like aphytis for scale control, to predatory mites for spider mite control, Orcon has 14 Pre-Paid Certificates to choose from. They also offer a free counter display, with the purchase of four or more cases.

Here are a few of the specialty beneficial insects available; see their catalog for a complete listing:

  • Predatory mites aggressively go after spider mites, other mites, and thrips, and eat them right up. They can be used indoors or out and are a popular control for cash crops. The Predatory Mite Cert has been the fastest growing Pre-Paid Certificate for the past two years.
  • Trichogramma, for caterpillar control, works on webworms, tomato horn worms, and budworms – 230 in all. An egg parasite, it is best to release when you see the moth or the first sign of damage.
  • Aphytis melinus controls scale by laying an egg under a young scale, thus killing it. Cryptolaemus is a small beetle, only about 5 mm, with a black body and an orange head. They dine on mealybug and the Cryptolaemus larvae look just like a mealybug-a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
  • Delphastus is another small beetle with a large appetite for whitefly.

Whether you choose live or Pre-Paid Certificates Orcon has the right bug for your store and your customer.

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Survey says… Organic purchases on the rise


A recent survey in Greenhouse Grower Magazine announced that garden retailers reported organic controls sales have caught up with traditional pesticides. Do you have the ultimate in organic controls – beneficial insects?

What’s more organic than a bug eating a bug?

Organic Control, Inc. (Orcon) offers a wide selection of beneficial insects to satisfy your customers’ wants and needs. Ladybugs, praying mantids, mason bees, beneficial nematodes, earthworms, green lacewings, grub control, fungus gnat control, flea destroyer, Aphytis melinus, Cryptolaemus, Delphastus, Encarsia formosa, predatory mites, Trichogramma, and more.

They also offer many displays that can highlight an already established organic department, create a new department, or capture impulse sales. These displays are free with minimum purchase! From their small floor display with ladybugs and praying mantids (O32 MDRP4500), to their beautiful wood display, complete with two bug coolers (O32 MDRW500), to a counter display for pre-paid certificates (O32 MDRP6), they have a display to fit your store and needs.

Ladybugs continue to be the most popular, but with the addition of green lacewing eggs to their ladybugs, they have created a way for you to offer your customers the best above ground predator – the green lacewing, live, in their Ladybugs and Lacewing Garden Power Pack. Green lacewing larvae can consume up to 1,000 aphids a day, giving it the name “Aphid Lion” for good reason. Its appetite is not restricted to aphids; it also eats caterpillar eggs, juvenile whitefly and scale, mealybug, spider mites, and any other soft bodied pest it comes across in its 2 to 3 week life. And, during that time it, has no wings, so it cannot fly away.

The two fastest growing products (in sales growth/reorders) are earthworms and predatory mites. The earthworms are red wigglers and can be used for vermicomposting or added to the garden to increase aeration and produce worm castings. Predatory mites can be used indoors or out to control spider mites and thrips and are available as a Pre-Paid Certificate. Pre-Paid Certificates allow retailers to offer a wide variety of beneficial insects without having to stock live insects, many of which have a very short shelf life. After you sell the certificate to your customer, they contact Orcon and the live beneficial insects are mailed directly to them.

Check out the complete Orcon line. You may find something of interest to your customers… a ladybug house for Mother’s Day, grub control for Japanese Beetles, Plant Pro-Tec Deer and Rabbit Repellent (member tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club), or one of many great displays!

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