In my latest article for Greenhouse Management magazine I share advice from the experts on installing protective insect screens that will reduce pest populations and ultimately, the use of pesticides.
Consumers’ desire for pesticide-free ornamental and edible crops, coupled with the increase of greenhouse pest populations and their resistance to traditional chemical pesticides, has led to many growers taking a different approach to their pest management plan.
With continuing advancements in insect screening, greenhouse growers can take a proactive step toward reducing insect pests and installing this technology over greenhouse vent openings.
“Screening isn’t cheap, there is an initial investment. But in the long run there is a savings in the reduction of pesticide applications, cleaner plants [and a] healthier environment,” says Dr. Raymond Cloyd, an entomologist, professor and extension specialist at Kansas State University. more…