Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc Biological Solutions for Pest Management

Catalog of Beneficials

BioControl Tools and Equipment

 

Tools and Equipment

Insect Release Supplies

Biocontrol Applicators & Insect Vacuum Equipment

D-Vac Insect Vacuum

Compost Tea Brewers from Growing Solutions

Owl Houses

Bat Houses

 

Kites

It is very important to place kite in field just before crop is attractive to birds. Bird deterrents are usually effective for a limited time. Birds habituate (get used to) all sorts of annoying things. As they become aware that there is no real danger, they will stop responding to flashes reflective material, noise of cannons, distress calls of birds and kites. This kite has realistic movement so it should take longer for the birds to figure out that it won’t harm them.

What birds are attacking your crop? A friend noticed that black birds pick the caterpillars, pest bugs and a few earthworms from his strawberry beds. They don’t damage the berries and help with his pest control. But finches and meadow larks peck at the seeds on the strawberries and the fruit rots. He sees his neighbor in his strawberry field shooting blackbirds. The first rule of IPM is identify your pest.

Hawk Kite tethered to pole

People have used reflective ribbons, noisemakers, sprinklers with motion detectors, and model airplanes (contract with local RC club) to repel pest birds. Let us know what works for you.

 

 

PRODUCT

USE

CODE

QUANTITY

PRICE

Hawk Kite bird deterrent, all hardware needed for 20 ft pole, you supply 2 of 10 ft conduit, assembly required

realistic hawk tethered on pole has wing action that keeps pest birds away from crops, developed by frustrated farmer

HAWK1

each

35.00

 

Tools and Equipment

Insect Release Supplies

PRODUCT

USE

CODE

QUANTITY

PRICE

Corn cob grit

Carrier for eggs, mites

CG10

pound

0.80

Paper wedge cups

For trichogramma release – pack,

let hatch, mate, attach to leaves

AJ200

each

0.03

AJ300

case of 5,000

95.00

Plastic squeeze bottle

Dispenser for eggs, mites, etc.

PB100

each

1.50

Sweep Net, 12" dia, 32" handle

for sampling insects

SWEP1

each

28.00

Replacement Net

keep sweepin’

SWEPN

each

10.00

 

Biocontrol Applicators & Insect Vacuum Equipment

PRODUCT

USE

CODE

QUANTITY

PRICE

Maruyama Backpack Mist-Duster Biocontrol Applicator

apply biocontrol organisms wet or dry

BPA0

each

795.00

Maruyama Backpack Mist-Duster (unmodified – no bubbler)

spraying lacewing eggs, trichogramma, nematodes,

BPA1

each

700.00

Rincon-Vitova’s Backpack Biocontrol Applicator Bubbler Attachment Kit

to modify your Maruyama biocontrol applicator.

BPA2

each

50.00

Smucker’s Lightweight Frame Bio-Sprayer

One used for sale

$1250

BIOATV

each

new 2,995.00

Smucker no longer manufactures Bio-Sprayers, but a few are still available.

 

Ag Attack Dry Medium Insect Dispenser tractor mount

dispense beneficials onto row crops

ATTACKS

styro box

1050.00

ATTACKM

metal box

1950.00

Bug Shaker Ag Attack Dry Medium hand applicator

tip and dispense metered amount

SHAKE

each

8.00

 

 

Owl & Bat Houses

 

Owls

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is distributed world-wide, absent from only the cold Latitudes. While the barn owl is found all over the US, its numbers are particularly high in California and the Southwest. Farmers and ranchers are increasingly attracted to the barn owl's ability to control rodents better than traps, poison, or cats and at very little cost.

Barn owls in favorable habitats produce large broods once or twice a year. Each young owl as it nears maturity will eat the equivalent of a dozen mice per night if such prey is available. Adult barn owls kill and consume the equivalent of one large rat or gopher per night. The Owl Rehabilitation Research Foundation, Ontario, Canada, reports that barn owls consume twice as much food for their weight as other owls. A family of barn owls will eat about 3,000 rodents a year, with about 70% gophers. Refined wing and feather structures make it silent in flight, bringing its well- deserved nickname "the cat with wings."

Both prey base (rodents) and suitable nesting sites limit the number of barn owls in an area. Owl nest boxes can be within 30 feet of each other. In the West, barn owls nest in natural tree cavities and buildings, as well as in cavities in cliffs and cut banks, stacked hay bales, and in palm trees. Use of these sites often leads to nesting failure such as when bales are shifted or the young outgrows the nest at the base of palm fronds. They are accustomed to humans and will tolerate a moderate level of activity as long as they are not threatened.

Several nest box designs can be made from inexpensive or recycled materials. In California it is best to install nest boxes in December, but since they have several broods a year, anytime early in the year may bring an occupant. Owls seek their prey either from a perched position or on the wing. Perches in areas with high rodent populations aid the owl’s search.

 

 

Barn Owl

 

PRODUCT USE CODE QUANT PRICE
Owl House

for barn owls Tyto alba, field tested designs, exterior plywood, small

TREE-mount - 14W x 14D x 20H

gopher control, owl family can eat 3,000 rodents a year, in CA 70% gophers OWLT each 65.00
Large Post mount for field

or vineyard - 24W x 24D x 15H

diagrams and pictures available OWLP each 100.00
Post or wall mount near your home or office, decorative trim

20W x 20D x 16H

  OWLD each 100.00
Owl House plans for barn owl nest boxes plans and instructions for building a nesting box for owls OWLPLAN each 1.00

 

 

Bats

If you have bats in your neighborhood, with the right exposure and a suitable bat house, you can get a colony of bats to move in. A small single chamber house will attract a small group of bachelors to roost for the day. Larger multi chamber houses will attract colonies that will produce young. Nursery colonies look for open water (a pool will do), a clear zone below for swooping in and out, and a good supply of night flying insects. If you don’t have the space or water for the nursery colony – go for the bachelor pad. We offer bat houses that are approved by Bat Conservation International (BCI) and the Bat House Builder’s Handbook is based on BCI’s research.

There are about 15 species of bats that you may attract to a bat house in the US. The little brown bat for example will eat its weight in flying insects every night, or about 600 mosquitoes an hour.

A colony of big brown bats will protect local farmers from up to 18 million rootworms in a summer. Moths that attack fruit, such as the codling moth, peach twig borer, and omnivorous leaf roller, are night flying insects that bats eat like we do popcorn.

Nearly 40% of American bat species are in severe decline or already listed as endangered. Losses are occurring at an alarming rate worldwide. Decreasing toxic pesticides, using biocontrol, and providing habitat for these amazing flying mammals will help bring them back. They in turn will help you with your pest control.

For more information contact:

Bat Conservation International

PO Box 162603, Austin TX 78716

800-538-2287

http://www.batcon.org

 

PRODUCT USE CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Bat House single chamber built of cedar and exterior plywood, 29"H x 18W x 1.75D BCI Certified Batchelor pad home for about 50 insect devouring bats: mosquitoes, moths, BATBAT each 45.00
Bat House nursery, 3 chambers made of exterior plywood or pine 32"H x 11W x 8.5D Home for about 200 bats with room for raising young BATNUR each 95.00
Bat House Builder Manual

Merlin D. Tuttle, Donna L. Hensley, 1997 or 2000

(as available)

3 sets of plans and details for building, mounting, and attracting bats BATMAN each 8.00