Organic Pest Control

At Sullivan’s Greenhouse we produce both edible and ornamental plants. We only use pesticides that are USDA or OMRI approved for organic growing on our herbs and vegetables, and are using many of those same products on the ornamentals as well. Like many consumers, we’re always choosing to eat the most healthful foods available. Food with poisonous pesticide residue should never make it into the kitchen. We’ve spent a lot of time researching the most effective pest control methods that don’t compromise our commitment to producing a safe, healthy plant that can be eaten right out of the greenhouse.

Some of the pest control measures we’ve adopted are the use of predatory and parasitic insects for insect control; incorporating beneficial bacteria into our potting soil for disease prevention; monitoring pest populations with sticky traps, and sanitizing used trays and greenhouse surfaces. See how we do it here:

Sticky tape experiment
Banker plants
Sticky traps
Rove beetles

View a video clip¬†of some predatory mites we filmed under a microscope before releasing them into a greenhouse. Hypoaspis are a soil dwelling mite that are commonly used in greenhouses to control fungus gnat and shore fly larvae. In the clip, the large translucent mite on the right side of the clip is the predatory mite. Watch as he circles around to feed on the “food” – the smaller translucent larvae on the left.

*To see enlarged photos or to read captions, double click on the first picture.