Still Losing The Battle With Spider Mites? Want To Get Rid of
Them Eco-Safely and Cost-Effectively?
Learn How Top Growers with 2-200 Acres Have Regained Control
of Their Crops and are Adding an Additional $20 – $50k per acre in
By Optimizing Their Biological Crop Protection . . .
without Any Additional Expenses or Pesticides
One vegetable grower in Leamington recently added an additional $93k per acre per year by using our Smart Grower’s Persimilis Strategy.
“We asked Crop Defenders to see why our Persimilis approach wasn’t working. After their scientists did a very thorough investigation of our situation, they identified why the approach we were using didn’t work, and even better than that, they were able to prescribe a solution that we felt good about. We followed their recommendations, purchased their Persimilis and boy were we pleasantly surprised when it worked! It was simple to implement, we saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, and had better yields and best of all, we had no more pests – those nasty little critters were gone!” ~ Eastside Acres
“We have a large acreage of Peppers and our goal is to prevent pest pressure and avoid pesticide use as much as possible. This is a big task on a large scale and we like to have options. Bringing Crop Defenders into our supply chain gave us flexibility to ensure we got what we needed when we needed it. We also demand quality and value, so far we have been impressed.“
~ Cameron Lyons, Nature Fresh
“The Persimilis that Crop Defenders offers can be easily differentiated from the competition’s. They’re healthier, stronger, and clean up spider mites faster. That’s why I buy from them.” – Michelle
Spider mites are a big problem and cost farmers lots of money in lost profits and wasted resources. The typical loss of over $50,000 per acre per year is not uncommon.
Spider mites can show up in your crop at any time. Sometimes they just show up by blowing in through the vents or open doors, other times it’s carried over from crop to crop. Unless you take action, once you have them, they multiply. As your damage increases, the plants become unhealthy, and the stressed plants produce less fruit.
Sometimes it can appear that the crop is clean, and in a short period of time the spider mite infestation is everywhere. Other times, you can predict that the spider mites are coming and you may think things are going according to plan, but you still lose control.
A total loss of the crop can happen if small spots with spider mites are not acted upon immediately. Before spider mites are even seen, a strategic action plan must be in place or devastating losses can occur.
When big damage is seen, the typical strategy is to go for pesticide control.
Pesticides Are Not Your Only Tool
Severe infestation will often result in total loss if not acted upon.
While pesticides are a useful tool, you must be aware of the associated risks of pesticide use. There are only a few types of approved chemical pesticides available. Growers throughout the country have been using these same approved pesticides over and over, causing spider mite resistance. When a pesticide is sprayed, the surviving mites that were genetically resilient to the pesticide survive and reproduce. When the pesticide is sprayed again, it’s now being sprayed on an even more resilient spider mite population resulting in poorer results. Therefore, the efficiency of many pesticides has become lost.
Besides resistance, each chemical used on the crop delays production and negatively affects the health of the crop. Based on independent crop consultants, on average, you will lose 0.25 cucumbers per metre squared per application.
A third risk associated with pesticide use is a biological response. Pesticides trigger a survival instinct, where females lay mass amounts of eggs in order to assure their survival.
This negative downward spiral accelerates – more super spider mites are birthed, more chemicals are sprayed, more super spider mites are created, more eggs are laid – it continues until they win.
It’s as if the spider mites eat the grower’s money. And if this continues, many growers tell us they feel as if they’re going to be out on the street eating garbage.
Crop Defenders offers growers an alternative. Their expertise and experience has led to the development of a science-based Smart Growers’ Persimilis Strategy.
No Other Strategy Has a Proven System Backed by a 25-Year Track Record Of Helping Growers Worldwide to Solve Their Bug Problems
Crop Defenders was developed and devised by the founder, Dr. Ishtiaq Rao. Before Dr. Rao was “Dr.” Rao, he saw how much money there was to be made in pesticide sales, so he decided to study entomology. At this time, agricultural pest control strategies were entirely based on pesticides. One year into his entomology program, Dr. Ishtiaq Rao would witness chemical sprays that caused birds to fall from the air, dead. Some time later, he visited hospitals and witnessed people who were very sick as a result of rampant pesticide use. He used to see people come to the villages for fresh air, now the villagers themselves were dying for fresh air. It was after seeing all this that he made the decision to never sell chemical pesticides and made the life-changing decision to get into biologicals.
Dr. Rao committed his life to finding the best biological solutions to help growers. He has spent countless hours working in and on farms, and helping growers see first-hand how much more effective biologicals are to producing more profitable and higher yielding crops. He was so passionate and felt so convicted of this, that decades ago he bet one grower $10k that biological control would work better than pesticides at reducing his pest problem. It did. Crop Defenders took flight. It is this passion that has fueled Crop Defenders’ success and growth.
At Crop Defenders, we keep the environment at heart. Unlike our competitors, we only sell biological methods. We believe that bios can, with some knowledge, control most pests as well if not better than pesticides. We recognize that pesticides are a useful tool in some cases; we sometimes recommend them based on how bad the situation is.
The difference is this: When we recommend pesticides, we do not make any money off of them. It is our belief that biologicals are the best long term solution.
Our goal is to help our growers come up with the best possible plan to have the highest yield while minimizing risks and costs.
Case Study From A Cucumber Farm:
In early 2009, I visited East Side Acres and discovered they had been struggling with spider mites. At the time, they were dealing with 2 of the top biocontrol companies. They decided to drop one of the companies to give us half of their acreage. They kept the other half with one of our competitors. After only 1 month of comparing the results, strategies, services and biologicals, they dropped the other competitor and gave Crop Defenders all of their acreage. They have been working with us ever since and continue to be happy with their clean crop. How did Crop Defenders do this? The Smart Grower’s Persimilis Strategy – consisting of a thorough assessment by scientists, a highly targeted and specific plan for their unique situation, a superior QC system, and superior bugs.
Here’s what they said: “We asked Crop Defenders to look at the situation and after their scientists did a very thorough understanding of our situation, they identified why the Persimilis approach we were using didn’t work, and even better than that, they were able to prescribe a solution that we felt good about. We followed their recommendations, purchased their Persimilis and boy were we pleasantly surprised when it worked! It was simple to implement, we saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, and had better yields and best of all, we had no more pests – those nasty little critters were gone!”
Case Study: 20-acre Cucumber Farm Flavour Pict:
They were primarily using a chemicals program. We convinced them to use biologicals on 10 acres and compare the production to the other chemically treated 10 acres. We did this over a 12 week period. When the grower compared his production, the production on the side with the biocontrols were significantly higher than with the chemical section. He switched so all 20 acres were using Crop Defender’s biological solution. 3 years later, the grower called me and said “Ishtiaq, your competition promised to give me $40k of free product if we switched from Crop Defenders to them.” So he did. He switched. 6 months later, Ishtiaq received a dire phone call from the grower. He said “Ishtiaq, can you come back. I will never leave you again. Please come back, we need help. We lost significantly more than the $40k “savings” we got from the free product. Our spider mites are out of control.” Of course we were happy to help and once again got the farm back in control of their spider mites and their expenses.
When it comes to dealing with spider mites, here’s what many growers have told us they experience. How many can you relate with?
- We conduct an excellent clean-out and still get spider mites early in the crop
- In the summer time, all strategies fail and spider mites take over
- Managing spider mites is too labor intensive, my scouts and workers cannot keep up
- I do not have the time to deal with spider mites, I want someone else to take care of it.
- How can I expand my business if I am wasting time and money on spider mites. I need to get rid of them so I can profit and focus on expanding my business
- I’ve exhausted my use of pesticides with little results, I have to try something else
- We used persimilis before and it didn’t work. It was too little too late. How can this situation be avoided?
Many times it is a combination of these things.
Case in point, we received a call from Abe at Fresh Pack, in 2009, he said “Ishtiaq, do you want to work on my farm? Your competitors call this the “spider mite farm”. I sprayed chemical 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, then tried a chemical cocktail. Nothing worked. The mites were seemed to be dancing after I sprayed them. I think one of them actually mooned me! I was told I couldn’t use Persimilis because the pesticide residues would kill them.” Sadly for Abe, the crop was lost. It was too far gone. Abe had to pull and replant his crop. He lost massive amounts of revenue. We helped him with his following crops and were able to turn the situation around. Abe was surprised with the results – he no longer had spider mite problems, not even a fraction that he used to have.
Don’t be like Abe and wait until your crops are lost.
If you are struggling with spider mites, or think you might have them, you must act now or you may end up like Abe. Don’t hesitate or delay, call us now and our specialists will provide you with a free assessment and create a plan specifically tailored to your needs. Call us toll free at (1-866-300-2929).
“We are a repeat customer of Crop Defenders because of their timely delivery of services and highly skilled workers. They helped us in reducing chemical applications. Crop Defenders is like family to us.” (Corey Versnel, Versnel Farms)
“With the unique freshness of Crop Defenders products and strategies, we controlled the chronic spider mite problem. We are very satisfied for first time users.” (Estela Ortiz, Jem Farms)
“We had so bad spider mite that our farm was nicknamed “spider mite farm.” With Crop Defenders distinguished fresh products, highly specialized scouting, hot spot treatment, our farm is now clean of spider mites. Crop Defenders service exceeded our expectation.” (Abe, Fresh Pack Farms)
Would you like to put an end to your spider mite problem once and for all?
The Crop Wealth Tripod: 3 Things Needed to Get Rid of Spider Mites and Have a Bumper Crop
Getting rid of spider mites requires three key elements. We call this the Crop Wealth Tripod.
What are the three elements?
- You must have accurate scouting
- You must have good cleanout.
- You must have early application
1. You must have a good clean-out.
Millions of diapausing spider mites can get into the new crop almost immediately. For example, after seeing the poor clean out of one grower, the Crop Defenders team told him he would have spider mites within one week. He thought that was crazy and it wasn’t possible. And low and behold, within a week, he had a spider mite infestation of enormous proportions.
2. You must have accurate scouting.
One of the most important factors with spider mite control is that it requires scouting. Someone will have to go through the crop and find the spider mites as early as possible. If the scouting is lacking, that could lead to complete failure to maintain your first line of defense. For instance, if it’s really really hot, they should be scouting every row. This is not done many times because it is too labor intensive. With increased work, scouts often end up going too fast.
On top of missing spots, they cannot keep up with proper leaf removal and spot treatments with persimilis. The spots increase so quickly that leaf removal and spot treatments do not have much impact. With larger spots, scouts apply too much persimilis which is the wrong use of the product as it is too late and costs a lot of money. Chemicals are required once the infestation reaches a certain level without an already established population of persimilis.
Proper scouting must be done. This is labour intensive and can be overwhelming, many growers have Crop Defenders do training. We have programs to subsidize the costs, and in some cases, we give free training so you can stay abreast of the latest advances in scouting.
3. You must have early application.
Many underestimate the long-term cost savings of an early preventative application. If a careful and thorough cleanout protocol was not followed then millions of diapausing spider mites will start infesting the new crop almost immediately. The first line of defense is the cleanout, the second is scouting, and your third line of defense will be to have predators already present, waiting for the spider mites. This must be done with early application to prevent the damage before it happens.
These Three Steps; Scouting, Cleanout & Early Application are crucial and if any of these steps are missed then it usually ends in failure! However, work all three correctly — and you have the simple recipe for success.
Let me ask you – are you ready to get rid of your spider mites and get control over your crop?
“When I have a problem in my crop, I call Crop Defenders, whose quick response and extraordinary customer care have been the solution to a number of surprise pest outbreaks.” – Eastside Acres
Get a Free “Spider Mite Annihilation” Consultation
The first step to getting rid of your spider mites is simple . . . just pick up the phone and give us a call!
Your call is not going to go to a call center or salesperson. Rather, you will be speaking with one of our experienced scientists who specializes in spider mites. They have learned and studied spider mites, not just in theory, or in labs, but also seen them in action in many crops. They have seen spider mites in countless farms and almost every situation imaginable. More importantly, they know how to get rid of them. They are “The Cleaners”!
Our scientists show up armed with the right reconnaissance tools, understand the battle plans that your spider mites have in place, and then launch a counterattack to destroy these pests and wipe them out. The best part is, the approaches we take do not harm your crops and will result in an increase of your yield.
However, none of this can be started without a phone call from you. In less than half hour on the phone, we will gain an assessment of your situation and will be able to tell you the next step.
Would you like to know how bad your situation is?
Would you like to know if you can get rid of them?
And if you can get rid of them, would you like to know what that would entail?
Would you like to know how the most successful farmers have gotten rid of their spider mites and had record yields?
Would you like to have a plan that you have confidence in, based off of a track record that has worked for hundreds of farmers in multiple continents in almost every condition imaginable?
Get your free consultation now.
Many of our clients have added an additional $20 – $50k per acre in PROFIT by optimizing their biological crop protection . . . without any additional expenses or pesticides.
We don’t know what it will mean for you, but isn’t it worth 15-30 minutes on the phone to find out?
We look forward to talking with you.
Let’s put an end to your spider mite problem. You’ve put too many hours into your crops to see them go down the drain.
“We were using pesticides before, but we knew that bio’s were the future. The crop felt like it was out of control. We tried many different types of Persimilis but it didn’t matter what we tried, we could not get Persimilis to work. We asked Crop Defenders to look at the situation and after their scientists did a very thorough understanding of our situation, they identified why the Persimilis approach we were using didn’t work, and even better than that, they were able to prescribe a solution that we felt good about. We followed their recommendations, purchased their Persimilis and boy were we pleasantly surprised when it worked! It was simple to implement, we saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, and had better yields and best of all, we had no more pest – those nasty little critters were gone!” Golden Acres.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Dr. Ishtiaq Rao