Ercal Parasitic wasp Eretmocerus eremicus

Use Ercal for:
  • Greenhouse whitefly
  • Tobacco whitefly

Each box contains cardboard strips with 5 cards each, wrapped in plastic, with parasitized whitefly pupae

10 cardboard strips, hatching 3,000 parasitic wasps
50 cardboard strips, hatching 15,000 parasitic wasps

General information

When to use Ercal?

Use Ercal for biological control of greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) in the second and third larval stage. Use Ercal preventatively and at the first sign of pest presence.

How does Ercal work?

Adult female parasitic wasps parasitize the second and third larval stage of the whitefly. Additionally, host feeding also occurs.

How to use Ercal

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Application Ercal

  • Carefully open package inside the greenhouse
  • Bend and tear off the strips opposite from the mounting hole
  • Suspend the cards in the crop, if possible approximately 75 cm under the plant head
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Do not touch the pupae

Best working conditions Ercal

Optimal working conditions for Ercal require a minimum 24 hour average greenhouse temperature of at least 20°C/68°F. However, successful introduction is possible at lower temperatures. Eretmocerus eremicus also stays activeat temperatures above 30°C/86°F.


Biological beneficials have a very short life expectancy and therefore need to be introduced into the crop as soon as possible after receipt. Failure to do so can have a negative impact on their quality. In case you do need to store Ercal, please follow the instructions below. Koppert B.V. is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer and/or under different conditions than recommended.

  • Storage after receipt: 1-2 days
  • Storage temperature: 8-10°C/47-50°F
  • In the dark


The information given below is merely indicative. Tailored advice can be provided if information is available on the local factors that need to be taken into account, such as the crop, the climate conditions and the level of infestation. For the correct approach, please consult a Koppert specialist or a recognized distributor of Koppert products.

Ercal preventive light curative heavy curative
Rate 1.5-3/m² 3-6/m² 9/m²
m²/unit 1.000-2.000 500-1.000 330
Interval (days) 7-14 7 7
Frequency - min. 3x min. 3x
Remarks - release until control is achieved release until control is achieved

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