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Certified for organic gardening, beetleGONE! tlc can be used in the home garden around ornamental plants and trees as well as on fruits and vegetables. This biological powder insecticide effectively controls various beetles, chafers and weevils including Japanese Beetles, Masked Chafers, Asiatic Garden Beetles, Oriental Beetles and other scarab & wood boring beetles including the Emerald Ash Borer. Applied as a foliar spray, once ingested the pest will stop feeding and die. It is the first BT insecticide powerful enough to control both adult and larva stage of susceptible beetles, yet it demonstrated no adverse risks to non-targets tested such as bees, wasps, ladybugs, fish or birds.

Certified for organic gardening, this easy to apply granule is effective at controlling various types of evasive grubs without harming beneficials such as honeybees, ladybugs, fish or birds. Unlike other Bt products, grubGONE! is not only effective against 1st instar pests but is also an effective control against the larger 2nd and 3rd instar grubs which appear later in the season. Therefore, grubGONE! can be used as either a curative early season remedy or preventative treatment in September - October for grub control all season long.  Furthermore, since the active ingredient Bt is derived from a naturally occurring soil bacterium grubGONE! is safe for the environment and can be applied in areas that are frequented by kids and pets.

Similar to beetleGONE! tlc, beetleGONE! ag harnesses Phyllom’s patented strain of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) in a wettable biological powder insecticide.  As a foliar spray, beetleGONE! ag is ideal for use in orchards, fields and greenhouses.  The viable spores of Bt are exempt from the requirement of a tolerance and beetleGONE! ag is EPA registered for pre-harvest food and animal feed crops. And, since beetleGONE! ag contains the first and only strain of Bt that is powerful enough to control both adult and larva stages of susceptible beetles you can rest assured that when used with a well-managed crop protection system your crops will be in good hands.

boreGONE! Bio-insecticide is for use against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in North American hardwood forests. The customers / potential customers are the US Federal Government, state and local municipalities/cities, aerial applicators and private foresters, and Canadian Forest Service. Phyllom’s product boreGONE! has no competition for aerial treatments.

Based on a natural wild-type Bt strain, boreGONE! is expected to be approved under USDA National Organic Program (NOP). Whereas, current individual tree injection or tree removal may cost hundreds per tree, boreGONE! will cost a few dollars per tree.

Target Pests and Product Portfolio:

Phyllom BioProducts’ patented strain of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is the first bio insecticide that effectively controls susceptible beetles, weevils, borers and grubs upon ingestion. It is the first BT insecticide powerful enough to control both adult and larva stages of susceptible pests.  And unlike the chemical products, Phyllom’s line of products do not pose a risk to non-target beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies and other pollinators that exist with chemical products.  Therefore, you can now achieve control rates that you expect from the chemical insecticides without doing harm to the rest of the environment.

Our active ingredient (Bacillus thuringiensis), a naturally occurring soil-dwelling bacterium, is compliant with the USDA National Organic Program for use in organic crop production. And Phyllom’s manufactured products were winners of the 2015 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association for outstanding new garden products.

Target the Pest, Not the Rest!

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Do Phyllom’s BioPesticides really work as well as the chemicals?

“After examining the various trial information, it is evident that biopesticides show great promise as viable alternatives for environmentally safe pest control.”

“Some of the biopesticides tested performed nearly as well as — or better than — many of the traditional chemistries.”

MeisterMedia Worldwide's Special Report: “BioPesticides: Primed for Growth."

Co-Founders of Green Earth AG & Turf recommend Phyllom’s products grubGONE! G and beetleGONE! tlc for controlling grubs and beetles.

Heather Garvin from the Hart Seed Company talks about how grubGONE! can save Connecticut’s playgrounds.

The Power of Bt

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a naturally occurring soil-dwelling bacterium, was first discovered in 1901 by Japanese biologist Ishiwatari Shigetane and independently discovered again in 1911 by German biologist Ernst Berliner. With many different strains that collectively control a wide variety of pests, this bacteria has been used in organic farming for the last 70 years.

In 2003 Shin-Ichiro Asano isolated a new strain of Bt from a soil sample collected in Japan.  This strain of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. galleriae containing a novel cry8 gene was found to be highly toxic to scarab beetles. In 2003 Phyllom was born and soon began the process of perfecting the science and bringing this newly discovered strain of Bt to market through extensive research and testing.

Is Phyllom’s Active Ingredient, Bt really that Safe?

“Bacillus thuringiensis microbes are all naturally occurring and found in soils and on foliage. They are not the product of genetic engineering. Most creatures on earth evolve and live in the presence of naturally occurring Bt. Phyllom’s Btg products are produced via fermentation like beer, wine or tofu.

All ingredients used are food grade and the primary ingredients are plant sources of carbohydrates and protein.”

Richard S. Cowles, PhD., The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station | The Big Picture: Grub Control, Neonics & Bees; Connecticut Gardener, July / August 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

OK, so what is the difference between your 2 products? We have had an invasion this year of beetles with some grub damage and want to try to get it under control.

grubGONE! is a granular product for turf grub control - it performs well vs. all scarab grubs, annual bluegrass weevil, and there is testimonies that is working against Chinch bug, including from a field trial researcher. The user spreads the product at 2 to 3 LBS/1000 sf and irrigates it in to the turf.

beetleGONE! is a wettable dispersible powder (WDP) that you mix in water at a rate of 2 to 4 ounces (0.125 to 0.25 lbs) per Gallon to spray foliage. It works well against adult beetles, including the japanese beetle. Spray multiple times (2 to 3 x) at 1 week intervals. Mixing in a sticker is recommended to aid in rain fastness if rain is expected within a few days of application.

I can’t read your labels and want to know what is in your product – milky spore and nematodes or something else??

Thank You for your inquiry!

Our non-chemical, biological (microbial) products are based on Bacillus thuringiensis - and perform at a very high level. In most cases, the performance is at the level of acelypryn (ie grubEX), the neonics (ie Bayer Advanced) and Dylox. In some cases, such as late season grub control, our products out perform the chemicals.

Also, our products have a much broader spectrum of activity than B. popilliae (Milky Spore) in that Milky Spore only controls JB whereas our products control all scarab white grubs; such as Asiatic Garden Beetles, Oriental Beetle, Masked Chafers and more!

Unlike nematodes, our products control adult beetles and have a much wider application window for successful control; the entire beetle & grub season, spring through fall.

Last year we did not have a bad problem with beetles so I did not treat my yard for grubs this spring. Now my plants are infested with beetles. Is it too late to control them?

No, it is definitely not to late to do something. In fact, beetleGONE! and grubGONE! can be used in conjunction to control beetles and grubs now while lowering the impact they will have next spring. beetleGONE! is specifically designed to use when you first notice beetles feeding on your plants.

Then in late summer grubGONE! G is a great product to use as a rescue treatment for the grubs hiding under your turf doing damage. Of course, you’ll want to apply grubGONE! again next spring to stay ahead of the problem.

PDF: Life Cycle of A Grub | New Your State IPM Program

Over the next decade Phyllom continued to test and develop products and during this time confirmed that its patented strain of Bt was not only effective at controlling a wide range of beetle invaders, but (as with other Bt strains) that it was also safe to use around beneficial insects.  Unlike other Bt strains which typically only control 1st instar stages of grubs, Phyllom’s strain was found to be an effective treatment against the larger 2nd and 3rd instar pests as well. 

How Does Phyllom’s Strain of Bt Work?

When Phyllom’s strain of Bt is ingested by the susceptible pest the cry protein present in the Bt crystalizes in the gut causing the target pest to stop feeding and eventually die.

And since the Bt is only toxic to the target pests it may be applied when bees and other beneficials are active. In addition, the deceased pests do not pose a risk to birds, other wildlife or the environment as a whole.

Testing Phyllom's Bt galleriae granule application (an early prototype to grubGONE!) in 2005

Early Phyllom Bt Study (2005)

grubGONE! G shows its strong control rates against 3rd instar grubs in this 2010 field trial making grubGONE! G a good choice for rescue treatments

grubGONE! vs 3rd Instar Grubs (2010)

Use grubGONE! and beetleGONE! all season long as preventative and curative treatments against evasive pests

Bt Mode of Action (grubGONE!)

A 2014 study at UC Davis shows that Phyllom's beetleGONE! compares very well against its chemical competition

beetleGONE! vs Chemicals (2014)

Use grubGONE! and beetleGONE! all season long as preventative and curative treatments against evasive pests

Application Timing for grubGONE! and beetleGONE!

GrubGONE! and beetleGONE! is for everybody! It’s a huge advantage to have a product like this because it’s a game changer in the industry with how effective and safe it is. To the point that states are changing laws for this product. It is targeted where you want it to be; it goes only after the bad guys, targets just those beetles or grubs you want to get rid of.
- Joe & Emily, Founders of Green Earth Ag & Turf