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Busybee Gardening

David Hills Phone: 1-877-990-7333

President Fax:

103-1075 Marine Drive Website: www.busybeegardening.com

North Vancouver BC V7P 3T6 Email: info@busybeegardening.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school\

landscape residential golf course\

other: parks, cemeteries, churches

Busybee is your organic garden specialist promoting "no" pesticide policy using only natural methods and beneficial insects in your garden.

What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Combined approach of using physical, cultural, biological and chemical controls to combat pest problems. Five components of IPM: 1) ID pest; 2) Observe; 3) Determine threshold; 4) Implement physical and cultural controls; 5) Apply bio controls.

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

1. Ladybugs for aphid control (Hippodama convergens) 2. Nematodes for root weevils. 3. Cryptol montroozien for mealy bug control. 4. Promote bat habitats for mosquitos.

How are pest problems identified?

Advanced Master Gardener uses eyeglass to ID pest.

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

Natural predators of the pest and predator traps in the garden.

Do you use biological controls?

Traps in the yard; predators.

Do you use borates?

No. Heat treatment.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

No. Natural remedies.

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

Pesticide free garden company. Does not use pesticides.

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

n/a

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Companion planting to promote beneficial insects, organic pest control

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Heat control, light control, mulching

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Alfalfa-based, 100% organic fertilizer

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites Encourage predations

cockroaches DNR

fleas Garlic and eucalyptus bath

carpenter ants Peppermint or rose oil

fire ants Boiling hot water

ants (indoor) Peppermint or Rose oil spray

crabgrass Boiling hot water and hand removal

dandelions Busybee drill

other Vinegar for weeds in sidewalks

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Follow up inspections and monitor data.

References

Salvation Army, Better Business Bureau