The new way of controlling pests on livestock farms
Farmers are facing a huge challenge in controlling commons pests organisms at their livestock farm. Flies, fleas, lice, beetles and parasitic mites are often very difficult to control as they thrive of the abundant food sources and ideal breeding conditions on the farm. Convenience, reliability and particularly safety are becoming increasingly important when it comes to choosing a pest control strategy for the livestock farm, while the number of available pest control products is decreasing every and the list of banned chemical pesticides continues to grow. On top of that, chemical products suffer from increased resistance of the pest against the active ingredient. Most pest organisms have one or more natural enemies, like predatory mites, predatory flies or parasitic wasps. These beneficial insects enable the farmer to control a pest by strategically introducing the natural enemy in the eco-system of the animals without the risks and disadvantages caused by pesticides. Biological Control has been the method of choice to control pests such as aphids, white flies, mealy bugs and spider mites in the horticultural food production industry for multiple decades already.