ARBICO Organics provides a full line of beneficial and predatory insects, organisms and mites, bio-rational insecticides, disease control solutions, traps, mycorrhizal fungi and more to support any size growing operation. ARBICO offers a full line of products to support IPM for organic, transitional or growers reducing synthetics or pesticides. ARBICO Organics’ guaranteed live delivery, free consultations and superior customer service set ARBICO apart since 1979.
Over 30 years ago Arizona Biological Control, Inc. (ARBICO) was just an offbeat idea Rick Frey had to fill the summers of his teaching gig doing high school biology. Friends were in town for the weekend, showing off their latest discovery-bugs that eat flies!! It took just moments and Rick was captivated; “I was already into the whole natural living thing; it made sense to spend my summers working to eliminate pesticides!” Rick travelled the country, wearing different hats (and shoes) depending on whether it was a feedlot, a racetrack, a dairy, or a mink farm he was visiting. The world was waking up to the possibilities of biological control and many of those facilities he visited that first summer are still with us today. In following summers, as Rick attempted to source the bugs to fulfill all the Fly Eliminator orders he was generating, he began to run into the trouble that became ARBICO’s ultimate opportunity-Fly Eliminators were in short supply. Not to be thwarted (and equipped with a background in wildlife biology), Rick decided he would grow the bugs himself and “The BugMan” was born. We’ve come a long way from those first days growing bugs in the back of a borrowed trailer, but for Rick, the core of what we do is still the same; “Just imagine how many tons of pesticides we have stopped from going into the environment over the years. Sometimes I try to calculate it, but how do you measure what hasn’t been used?”