Eliminate the tomato tuta in a natural way

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Eliminate the tomato tuta in a natural way
We are in the middle of campaigning for the planting of tomato plants in the orchards and even the first tomatoes of the season are already being picked. One of the most harmful and damaging pests that exist in tomato plants is the Tuta Absoluta.

Since last year we have commercialized a predator insect of the Tuta Absoluta, this insect is called Nesidiocoris and we observe that it is really effective. There are already several farmers or horticultural enthusiasts in our area who have proven the effectiveness of this insect against Tuta.

How is the Nesidocoris?

The Nesidocoris is an insect that in its adult state is green and very similar to a small mosquito. It reaches a size of about 6 mm and has long antennae and legs. The eggs that the Nesidiocoris puts are invaluable and are usually in the leaves or stems. The Nymphs of this predator of Tuta and Whitefly are on the underside of the leaves of the crops.

Nesidiocoris in adulthood

What pests can Nesidiocoris act on?

The predatory effect of Nesidiocoris is very active and can eat a large number of eggs and larvae daily, these insects are constantly searching for food.

The Nesidiocoris acts mainly on the larvae and eggs of the Tuta Absoluta and Whitefly but can also attack the red spider, aphid, miner, and thrips, therefore it is a beneficial insect for any crop.

How does Nesidiocoris act on pests?

This insect looks for its prey and with its buccal apparatus absorbs all its interior. It leaves its prey empty and only the tegument or outer part remains of it. If we observe its prey with a magnifying glass we will see the holes where it has absorbed it.

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The adult insects of the Nesidocoris can feed on the sage of the plants without damaging them, as long as there are no pests in the crops. You can also administer a meal for these insects, Nutrimac, this meal is sterilized eggs.

Nutrimac, food for Nesidiocoris

In which crops is the use of the Nesidocoris insect recommended?

The Nesidiocoris can be used in any horticultural and even ornamental culture. It is a really beneficial insect for cucurbit crops such as aubergines, cucumber, alficoz … these crops are prone to be attacked by the Whitefly, therefore the Nesidiocoris will act perfectly against it.

The crop for which this insect is being used the most is for the tomato plants and their predatory action against the Tuta Absoluta.

Tomato damaged by the Tuta Absoluta 

It can also be applied to crops such as potatoes, peppers …

This is a natural and ecological method for the control of these pests.

How is Nesidiocoris applied against absolute tuta?

The way of use of the Nesidiocoris against the absolute tuta is the following:

The release of insects can be done before or after planting.
Distribute the Nesidocoris throughout the tomato plantation. Place the insects on the leaves of the tomato plant at a rate of 1 pot per 1,500 square meters. Make about twenty crops for the crop.

Subsequently deposit the food (Nutrimac) on the leaves of the tomato plants. With this meal, we will get a faster adaptation of the Nesidocoris in the crop.
Applying the food after depositing the insects
Applying the food after depositing the insects

Remember that this is an ecological treatment with predatory insects for the elimination of Tuta Absoluta, therefore you can not use insecticides that harm these insects. However, if you can use ecological fungicides and insecticides that respect the useful fauna.

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