Hortus Beneficials

Hortus supply a full range of beneficial insects as part of our IPM program, and service to Growers. Releases of targeted beneficials to address management of key insect pests is conducted by our dedicated Agronomists.

Listed below is the extensive range of targeted organisms used to address identified issues as part of an Area-wide IPM program operated by Hortus Technical Services in The Burnett, Lockyer, Goulbourne and Burdekin Valley's.


(Aphytis lingnanenis)

Control of Red Scale

Aphytis are tiny yellow wasps. They are only capable of flying within a single tree or from tree to tree in an orchard. The wasps live for approximately 2 weeks, during this time a female can lay 100 eggs. Aphytis work by parasitising red scales. They lay their eggs underneath the scale. Once the larvae hatch, they feed on it, eventually destroying the scale. The adults emerge 3 weeks later and continue to feed on the scales.

Hortus Tech sheet on Aphytis.pdf



(Neoseiulus californicus)

Control of Two Spotted Mite and Broad Mites

Californicus are a species of spider mite predator that prey on a number of pest mites, including: two spotted mites, broad mites and cyclamen mites. The Californicus mites are small, pale and pear shaped, usually found on the underside of the leaf.

Download Hortus tech sheet on Californicus.pdf


Eretmocerus Hayati

E. Hayati are tiny parasitic wasps that parasitise Silver Leaf White Flies. This action prevents a large pest pressure from developing! As a relatively new biological product, E. Hayati is an exciting new development in pest management.

Download Hortus tech sheet on E Hayati.pdf


(Trichogrammatoidea cryptophlebiae)

Control of Macadamia Nutborer

MAC-TRIX are tiny parasitic wasps (<0.5mm in length) that lay their eggs into the eggs of Macadamia Nutborer.  This parasitism kills  the immature Nutborer in it’s egg before it can hatch.

Download Hortus tech sheet on Mactrix.pdf


(Typhlodromips montdorensis)

Control of Thrips

Montdorensis are a species of predatory mite that feed on a number of thrips pests. They are a small and pear shaped. Often a pale colour, the colour of the Montdorensis mite changes depending on the prey that they have consumed; if they have been preying on thrips the mites have yellow colouring.

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Montdoensis.pdf


(Orius armatus)

Control of Thrips

Orius are a species of pirate bug capable of feeding on large numbers of thrips, at all stages of the pest’s life cycle. Recommended application is inside greenhouse environments containing pollen-producing crops. These crops include: capsicums, strawberries, eggplants and cucumbers. Orius require pollen to establish a steady population; a stable population of this predatory insect has proven to be a very effective control measure for thrips.

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Orius.pdf


(Phytyoseiulus persimilis)

Control of Two Spotted Mite

Persmilis are a species of predatory mite that feed on two spotted mites. They are a small, pear shaped and fast moving. The adult stage of Persmilis are orange; the juveniles are clear. The adults are easy to spot on the underside of leaves.

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Persimilis.pdf


Trichogrammatoidea pretiosum

OVI-TRIX are tiny parasitic wasps (<0.5mm in length) that lay their eggs in the eggs of the Heliothis Moth. During development, the wasps destroy the immature Heliothis larvae before the wasps emerge from the egg as adults. This action prevents a large pest pressure from developing!

Download the Hortus tech sheet on OviTrix.pdf

Hortus has a range of other products available and below are the relavent technical information sheets:

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Lacewings.pdf

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Fruitfly lure.pdf

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Fruitfly traps.pdf

Download the Hortus tech sheet on Sticky Traps.pdf


Integrated Pest Management

AgPro is a specialised program developed by Hortus Technical Services to deliver professional IPM strategies across a wide variety of crops, pests and growing regions. It enables our certified HORTUS consultants to efficiently monitor pest population locations, thresholds and implement cost effective and environmentally sound pest management strategies.

The AgPro app for iphone interfaces with our extensive IPM database to enable monitoring to be done easily and efficiently in the field and the data can be transmitted via 3G back at the office for reporting purposes. The added benefit of using the iphone are that they have an inbuilt Global Positioning System (GPS) so monitoring sites can be accurately identified and treated. IPM is not a new science but AgPro is definitely a revolution in the way IPM is effectively and efficiently delivered.

The HORTUS IPM service has been developed over the last 15 years and is based on an extensive database of crops, pest thresholds and proven management strategies. Growers are able to engage the servicers of our qualified and experienced IPM consultants as part of an overall crop management strategy. Growers are able to gain an in-depth understanding of IPM and crop nutrition interactions in order to implement the most cost effective and environmentally friendly pest management program. The service which tracks the changes of pest populations across production regions allowing accurate pest threat forecasting for proactive implementation of cultural, chemical and biological management strategies.



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