We at Schlegel Greenhouse have been treating our plants with natural enemies, to reduce and to eventually eliminate our use of pesticides. The use of natural enemies for pest control is referred to as Biological Control. Using Beneficials and Parisitoids (good bugs) to control bad bugs (pests) is a safe practice, it protects the environment because it does not contaminate the air, the water, or the soil around it. It protects the entire ecosystem because it is not harmful to birds, fish, pollinators, and of course humans. This practice isn't the easiest way to keep down pest population but it is important in creating a safe working environment for our employees as well as a safe plant to handle for our customers.
We would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have about our biological program as well as information on how to begin your own.