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PREDATORY MITES MUST BE SHIPPED VIA FEDEX STANDARD OVERNIGHT! IF YOU SELECT ANY OTHER SHIPPING METHOD AT CHECK OUT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCESS YOUR ORDER UNTIL WE SORT OUT SHIPPING COSTS. BENEFICIAL INSECTS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR FREE SHIPPING UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED .35 P. persimilis, .35 M.longipes, .30 N.californicus Phytoseiulus persimilus (Two-spotted spider mite predator) Persimilis is a tropical predatory mite that was one of the first greenhouse biological control agents available commercially. Both adult and immature predators move rapidly over the leaves and both feed on two-spotted mite eggs, nymphs and adults. Unlike its prey, Persimilis does not spin webbing. Persimilis is most effective when applied at the first sign of a two-spotted mite infestation. Because of its high reproduction rate. Persimilis usually exhausts its food supply and eventually dies out, therefore repeated introductions are recommended until all sites with spider mite infestations have Persimilis present. General Introduction Rates: 5 Persimilis/10 sq. ft. or 20 Persimilis/infested leaf, weekly as needed. Apply predators to each infested plant. Greenhouse cucumbers: 6 Persimilis/10 sq. ft. or 100 Persimilis/infested plant, weekly or as needed. Larger areas use 60,000 Persimilis/hectare (24,000 per acre). Greenhouse tomatoes - apply a ratio of 1 predator to 10-20 spider mites. It is recommended for mite control that a minimum of 3-4 releases will be needed in an indoor area (Greenhouse, Grow room, etc...) The release rate is as follows: 1 release 7 days apart for three weeks and one follow-up release 30 days after the third release. This usually controls your mite problem. If your growing outdoors, then you need to follow the same regiment, however, you may need to do more weekly releases. As with any biological control, your intention is to create a hostile environment to rid your plants of their pests. Trapping and monitoring of your grow site is an absolute so you know ow many pests per area you are fighting. True IPM is the use of biological controls as well as soft pesticides. If your plants are dying, it may be too late to use Biological control agents and you may need to react with pesticides. It is always best to be proactive, rather than reactive in the use of biological insect control. SPIDER MITE PREDATOR Attacks all stages of spider mites (not effective on eggs of European red mites). Controls spider mites on many plants including fruit trees, grapes, corn , cotton, ornamentals and strawberries. Release rates for field crops: 2,000 - 5,000/acre of the first sign of mites. A similar approach is recommended for the other crops, but the timing will vary depending on the crop species and when Lygus populations increase. Greenhouse releases: 2 per sq. ft. or 1 predator per 5 spider mites at the first sign of spidermites. Later releases will require much higher numbers to be effective. In greenhouse, plants are needed to be maintained as low as 30% relative humidity. Mesoseius longpipes are highly perishable, they should be applied to the crop as soon as possible. It is recommended for mite control that a minimum of 3-4 releases will be needed in an indoor area (Greenhouse, Grow room, etc...) The release rate is as follows: 1 release 7 days apart for three weeks and one follow-up release 30 days after the third release. This usually controls your mite problem. If your growing outdoors, then you need to follow the same regiment, however, you may need to do more weekly releases. As with any biological control, your intention is to create a hostile environment to rid your plants of their pests. Trapping and monitoring of your grow site is an absolute so you know ow many pests per area you are fighting. True IPM is the use of biological controls as well as soft pesticides. If your plants are dying, it may be too late to use Biological control agents and you may need to react with pesticides. It is always best to be proactive, rather than reactive in the use of biological insect control. (Neoseiulus californicus, Amblyseius californicus) Neoseiulus californicus attacks two spotted spider mites, broad mites, and cyclamen mites. Good for lower spider mite densities. Neoseiulus survives on pollen in the absence of prey. Effective on cyclamen, strawberry, corn, grapes, roses, vegetables, ornamentals and interiorscapes. Also known as Amblyseius californicus. Neoseiulus californicus comes from the sub-tropical regions and is a lively shiny mite with a pinkish red color and has obvious long legs. In plants where it is very hard to detect the first spider mites, Californicus may be introduced preventatively, even if no spider mites have been found yet. N. californicus need a minimum of 60% humidity and ideal temperatures 60-85 degrees F. Can tolerate temperatures up to 95 degrees F. Release rates: 4 mites/sq. ft. bi-weekly, 2-3 times; 5,000-20,000/acre, bi-weekly, 2-3 times. Works great in gardens and greenhouses. Neoseiulus californicus consume their prey one adult or a few eggs per day, they can survive longer under starvation conditions and can also live on a diet of pollen. It is recommended for mite control that a minimum of 3-4 releases will be needed in an indoor area (Greenhouse, Grow room, etc...) The release rate is as follows: 1 release 7 days apart for three weeks and one follow-up release 30 days after the third release. This usually controls your mite problem. If your growing outdoors, then you need to follow the same regiment, however, you may need to do more weekly releases. As with any biological control, your intention is to create a hostile environment to rid your plants of their pests. Trapping and monitoring of your grow site is an absolute so you know ow many pests per area you are fighting. True IPM is the use of biological controls as well as soft pesticides. If your plants are dying, it may be too late to use Biological control agents and you may need to react with pesticides. It is always best to be proactive, rather than reactive in the use of biological insect control.

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