Solutions offers their customers the release of many different beneficial insects into their yards. Lady bugs, Beneficial
Nematodes, Parasitic Wasps and Lacewings are all beneficial insects available to control the insects that are not beneficial
to your plants. Sound Solutions also offers Beneficial Organisms such as Mycorrhizal fungi, which do battle
for your plants on a microscopic level.
Nematodes (Steinernema Carpocapsae)
Beneficial Nematodes are parasites of all soil borne larva. Pet fleas,
cranefly, sod webworms, cutworms, and root weevil are examples of the pests nematodes help control. Nematodes are NOT plant
pests. The nematodes are injected into the soil around affected plants, they need to be placed near their food source. They
can migrate small distances, but if food is not available to them they die. This is the benefit of using parasites for pest
control, you are not adding something that will turn into a secondary pest when the target food is gone. A layer of mulch
for the nematodes can help provide a moist environment necessary for their survival and benefits your plants too.
Lady bugs have long been known
as a gardeners helper. Both larvae and adults eat small insects. They consume up to 40 aphids an hour and also eat thrips,
small larvae, beetle grubs, scales, spider mites, whiteflies, and other soft bodied pests, as well as insect eggs. To encourage
lady bugs to stay in your garden, grow pollen and nectar plants such as yarrow, euonymus, angelica, goldenrod and morning-glory.
The adult lacewing eat pollen, nectar and honeydew. It is the larvae that feed on the
pest insects.Lacewing larvae feed on aphids, scale, whiteflies, and eggs of caterpillars, mites, thrips and other small pests.
You will probably not see the evidence of the lacewing larvae's work immediately, the insects do most of their hunting in
their last larval phase, just before adulthood. To maintain a large lacewing population grow plenty of members of the carrot
family, oleander, and wild lettuce.
Solutions hangs a small card that contains up to 4,000 wasp eggs. Within days they hatch and start looking for food, which
is the Cherry Bark Tortrix Moth. Cherry Bark Tortrix or CBT, is a serious threat to the cherry trees of the Pacific Northwest
and are spreading at an alarming rate along the I-5 corridor. Host plants for the parasitic wasps are members of the carrot
family, and members of the daisy family, including buttercup, goldenrod, oleander, strawberries and white clover.
natural conditions plants live in close association with soil organisms called mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi colonize plant
roots and extend the root system into the surrounding soil. Several miles of filaments can be present in less than a thimbleful
of soil associated with vigorously growing plants. The relationship is beneficial because the plant enjoys improved nutrient
and water uptake, disease resistance and superior survival and growth. Sound Solutions can apply mycorrhizae alone or mixed
with a stress feed formula fertilizer to help ailing plants.