Tarnished plant bug
I have a home garden with small market sales. My first harvest this year - tarnished plant bug a major problem in strawberries, reaching 100 percent damage now. Have done some research and read your recommends and have a few questions. My garden is organic, not certified.
Where is a source for commercial non-ultra-violet reflecting white sticky traps? I've considered making my own traps with Tanglefoot but wonder about the need for the non-ultra-violet part? Beauveria bassiana - I have a native planting of forbs and grasses around the garden - would this fungus spread from my garden and harm the many beneficials and butterflies etc. in my planting?
How should sticky traps be placed and oriented and is there a way to limit damage to beneficials? Are the specie of tarnished plant bugs in my strawberries specific to damaging that crop only or should I look for damage in my other berries and crops? If I was to mow my native planting around my garden, would several feet or yards be of benefit or not so much? When can and should kaolin spray be used and stopped and the same for garlic - when to start and when to stop as as not to affect berry flavor.
As an aside, are white flies found in my area - Chippewa County, 4 miles southeast of Pickford?
Chippewa County Michigan
As to my question about where to purchase commercial white sticky traps - where can they be purchased? Additionally what is the reason for non-ultra-violet paper - I assume it must have something to do with either repelling or attracting TPB. Does that exclude making my own sticky traps with Tanglefoot? I have tried yellow sticky traps with little success.
What source do you recommend for the fungus that would be specific to TPB?