Changes in regulation and public misperceptions have affected insecticides options available for many growers. Altus
is one of the few systemic, non-neonicotinoid options that can provide cost-effective insect management. Altus controls major sucking pests while offering flexibility of applications before, during and after bloom. It is compatible with or has low impact on honey bees, bumble bees and many beneficial arthropods.
This is the first full year that Altus has been available for use in ornamental nursery and greenhouse production, and we are encouraged to see growers adopting its use in their insect management programs.
Results from university research and grower demonstration trials over the past three years indicate Altus controls piercing-sucking insect pests while having minimal impact on beneficial insects and mites. In fact, Altus integrated with the predatory mite, Amblyseius swirksii
, or the predatory wasp, Eretmocerus eremicus
, was able to control all life stages of Bemisia tabaci
(Sweet Potato Whitefly) on salvia and mint in greenhouse trials conducted at the University of Florida and the USDA.