Episode-2380- Ron Whitehurst on Biological Pest Control
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A specialist in biological pest control, Ron Whitehurst advises farmers and gardeners on growing food and herbs in harmony with nature. After earning a BA in Biology at Indiana University, he moved to California and got a PCA license. Over the years he has attended and presented at numerous organic farming and pest control conferences. An avid gardener, he loves making compost, building soil, and creating bio-intensive food producing landscapes.
His lively discussions about insect lifecycles and predator-prey relationships make the principles of biocontrol easy to understand for both lay and technical audiences. He, engages participants in lectures and workshops about biological control of insect pests in field, garden, greenhouse, landscape, and animal rearing situations.
Ron is a California licensed Pest Control Advisor and with his wife, Jan Dietrick, are co-owners of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc. that produces and markets supplies for biological pest control. He has been communicating about organic methods of farming and gardening for over 30 years. Since 1997 he has promoted Rincon-Vitova’s mission by consulting in the field and lab, by phone and email.
He guides people through the steps of creating and biologically managing ecosystems to minimize and control pests, using insect habitat, cultural methods, beneficial insects, and soft pesticides when needed. He is a project leader for the Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology, co-located with Rincon-Vitova, where he has participated in cutting edge urban pest management demonstrations. In 2016 Rincon-Vitova Insectaries won the Regenerative Business Prize.
He joins us today to discuss biological pest control and farming in harmony with nature.
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Jack, can you please post some of the fire ant resources that Ron talked about in this podcast? I’ve got a heck of a problem to deal with.