Catalog of Beneficials

Control of Pest Mites and Thrips

 

 

 

 

Overview on Thrips Biocontrols

    Amblyseius cucumeris

    Stratiolaelaps scimitus

    Feltiella acarisuga

    Amblyseius andersoni

    Amblyseius swirskii

 

   

Also see Lacewing a general predator.

Overview on Mite Biocontrols

    Phytoseiulus persimilis

    Amblyseius fallacis

    Neoseiulus californicus

    Galendromus occidentalis

    Mesoseiulus longipes

    Feltiella acarisuga

     Scolothrips sexmaculatus

    Stethorus punctillum

Overview on Persea Mite Biocontrols

    Neoseiulus californicus

For Bulletins on how to use each predator in a biocontrol program see Bulletins.

 

Care on delivery: Release mites soon after receiving. Hold at approximately 50°F (10° C) for up to two days. A foam box with frozen cold pack is ideal for holding predators.

Thrips Biocontrols - For Western flower thrips and onion thrips in nurseries and greenhouses, first apply Hypoaspis and Cucumeris in loose bran to seedlings. Hypoaspis attacks immature stages in soil, Cucumeris attack thrips only on the leaves. In wetter media (rock wool), Hb nematodes attack pupating thrips better than Hypoaspis. Apply more Cucumeris when plants are set out. Work towards a 1:1 ratio of Cucumeris and thrips. In crops with a low tolerance

for thrips damage—cucumbers and peppers—one round of slow-release hangable sachets of Cucumeris protect flowers and fruit for six to eight weeks. Orius works on thrips in the flowers, but use only when thrips are present and under control and when day length exceeds 16 hours (after March). Neither the predatory mites nor Orius are used for larger Greenhouse and Citrus Thrips, where lacewing larvae eat all sizes of thrips

 

BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Amblyseius cucumeris

(=Neoseiulus cucumeris)predatory mite,thrips predatorin bran carrierspecify fast release for quicker control, or slow release for prevention

no diapause

Western flower thrips,

onion thrips, (lesser extentcyclamen, broad mites)66-80° F, 65-72% RH survives on pollenstart when thrips population lowplace fast release at base of plant, hang slow release touching plant

10-100/plant

1-30/ft2

1 X wk, 3-6 X

AC1

fast release

1,000/bag 3.25
10+ bags 2.00
50+ bags 1.25
100+ bags 0.99
AC50

bulk fast release,

liter bottle

50,000/tube 35.75
5+ tubes 28.00
10+ tubes 25.00
30+ tubes 22.00
AC250

bulk fast release,

250,000 mites per 5L bag

 

1-4 bags 115.00
5+ bags 105.00
10+ bags 96.00
AC500

bulk fast release,

500,000 mites per 10L bag

1-4 bags 197.00
5+ bags 185.00
10+ bags 175.00
Amblyseius cucumeris, slow release over 6-8 weeks – use on or before appearance of thrips
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ

 

CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Aprox 1,000 mites, all stages with food in sachet (bag) with hanger. Mites exit over 6-8 week period to suppress thrips thrips on plants with no pollen, esp. cucumbers, peppers, ornamental baskets – where bran carrier is a negative bag/1-5 plant

1-4 X/moreplace 2 mo

hang on plant

AC1-S

slow release

1,000/bag 3.55
10+ bags 2.30
50+ bags 1.60
100+ bags 1.35
AC5S-B

 

strip of 5 sachets with hook, 5,000 mites, with bran

1-9 strips 7.75
10+ bags 5.50
50+ bags 3.15
AC100-B

100 sachets with hooks, 1,000 mites/sachet, 100,000 total

1-4 cases 50.00
5+ cases 42.00
10+ cases 34.00
AC200-B

200 sachets with hooks, 1,000 mites/sachet, 200,000 total

1-4 cases 81.00
5+ cases 72.00
10+ cases 62.00
AC500-B

200 sachets with hooks, 1,000 mites/sachet, 500,000 total

1-4 cases 161.00
5+ cases 151.00
10+ cases 141.00
AC1000

1,000 mini sachets with hooks, 1,000 mites/sachet, 1,000,000 total

1-4 cases 128.00
5+ cases 116.00
10+ cases 104.00
ACSTX1

100 sachets with sticks, 250 mites/sachet, 25,000 total

1-4 cases 45.00
5+ cases 34.00
10+ cases 26.00
ACSTX5

500 sachets with sticks, 250 mites/sachet, 125,000 total

1-4 cases 82.00
5+ cases 75.00
10+ cases 67.00
ACSTX1K

1,000 sachets with sticks, 250 mites/sachet, 250,000 total

1-4 cases 127.00
5+ cases 116.00
10+ cases 105.00
Amblyseius andersoni, and Amblyseius swirskii - predatory mites of thrips, and mites
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ

 

CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Amblyseius andersoni, predatory mite. Best for prevention. May diapause in late summer. Red mites, two-spot, Russet, gall mites, and often thrips

2-3 /10 sq ft

1/2 Liter /Acre

PMA25

25,000 mites in a liter tube with bran & vermiculite

1-4 tubes 125.00
5+ tubes 119.00
10+ tubes 110.00

Amblyseius swirskii, predatory mite. Requires >70 deg F to develop. Does not diapause. Best when pollen is available (population grows 9x faster). Avoids webbing, hot spots, & honeydew.

 

**Eats Aphidoletes and Persimilis eggs.

 

Better for chili thrips than A. cucumermis, in hot conditions

whitefly larvae; Bemisia, GHWF, thrips eggs, russet mites, spider mites, broad mites

2-5 /sq ft

25k-50k /Acre

PMS25

25,000 mites in a liter tube with bran & vermiculite

1-4 tubes 71.00
5+ tubes 61.00
10+ tubes 52.00

PMS50

50,000 mites in a liter tube with bran & vermiculite

1-4 tubes 110.00
5+ tubes 100.00
10+ tubes 91.00

PMS125

125,000 mites in a liter tube with bran & vermiculite

1-4 tubes 231.00
5+ tubes 219.00
10+ tubes 207.00
           
Slow release sachets of predatory mites
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ

 

CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Amblyseius andersoni, predatory mite. Best for prevention. May diapause in late summer. Red mites, two-spot, Russet, gall mites, and often thrips

1 sachet /6-13 ft crop row

 

1 mini sachet per 6 ft crop row

 

PMA200

200 mini sachets with hooks. 250 mites /sachet (50,000 total)

1-4 cases 141.00
5+ cases 134.00
10+ cases 126.00

Neoseiulus californicus

warm (50° - 105°F) humid (40% - 80% RH) conditions, also tolerates low humidity

Pacific, cyclamen, TSSM,

good for lower spider mite densities, survives on pollen

1 sachet per 5 plants

 

PMC200

200 mini sachets with hooks. 125 mites /sachet (25,000 total)

1-4 cases 151.00
5+ cases 144.00
10+ cases 136.00

Amblyseius swirskii, predatory mite. Requires >70 deg F to develop. Does not diapause. Best when pollen is available (population grows 9x faster). Avoids webbing, hot spots, & honeydew.

 

**Eats Aphidoletes and Persimilis eggs.

 

Better for chili thrips than A. cucumermis, in hot conditions

whitefly larvae; Bemisia, GHWF, thrips eggs, russet mites, spider mites, broad mites

1 sachet /6-13 ft crop row

 

1 mini sachet per 6 ft crop row

PMS100-B

or

PMSSTX1

100 mini sachets with hooks. 250 mites /sachet (25,000 total)

*on hooks or sticks

1-4 cases 77.00
5+ cases 68.00
10+ cases 58.00

PMS500-B

or

PMSSTX5

500 mini sachets with hooks. 250 mites /sachet (125,000 total)

*on hooks or sticks

1-4 cases 223.00
5+ cases 214.00
10+ cases 204.00

PMS1K-B

or

PMSSTX1K

1,000 mini sachets with hooks. 250 mites /sachet (250,000 total)

*on hooks or sticks

1-4 cases 391.00
5+ cases 376.00
10+ cases 360.00
           
Stratiolaelaps scimitus (= Hypoaspis miles) soil predatory mite
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ

 

CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Stratiolaelaps scimitus

predatory mite, lives in top layer of soil

no diapause continue to feed, reproduce >54º F (12º C)

fungus gnat larvae, western flower thrips pupae (WFT), springtail

for house plants, GH,mushroom production,

mites on tarantula, lizard, bees(?), uses pollen

3-6 l/acre

1 l/1K ft2

2 X/mo,

2-5 X

STRAT12-B 12,000/liter 27.00
5+ liters 19.00
10+ liters 16.00
STRAT25 25,000/liter 34.50
5+ liters 28.50
10+ liters 26.00
STRAT125 125,000/bag 119.00
5+ bags 108.00
10+ bags 96.00
STRAT250 250,000/bag 197.00
5+ bags 185.00
10+ bags 175.00

 

Plant-Feeding Mite Biocontrols The best predatory mites for aggressiveness against two-spotted spider mite (TSSM) are Persimilis and Fallacis as long as conditions are not too hot or dry. Fallacis also eats other mites. The other predatory mites or mixtures that are available are better suited for warmer, dryer or less dense pest conditions as indicated in Target Pest column below. Making early, proactive releases to achieve a predator to prey ratio of 1:10

ensures control in a reasonable time. Insect agents also used against mites are Stethorus, Feltiella, six-spotted thrips and green lacewing. Coleomegilla, Harmonia and Hippodamia also eat mites and mite eggs. Using more than one predator adds diversity and stability to your biocontrol program. See more about these insects for mite biocontrol on the bottom of page 15. See page 18 for checking quality and holding overnight.

Persea Mite Biocontrols - Helveolus, Annectens or a mixture of one of these with Californicus are used to attack Persea mite in avocados. Franklinothrips, a naturally occurring predator, may become available. Prices for predator mites depend on source and size of unit. Prices have been increasing.

PERSIMILIS MITES IN THIS SECTION ARE SHIPPED TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Phytoseiulus persimilis

available carriers are:- corn grit- vermiculite

Avoid releases in temperatures below 45° F. or above 85° F and during dry windy conditions.

no diapause, inactive < 54º F (12º C)

high reproductive rate enables it to overcome its slower reproducing host in a relatively short time

Two Spotted Spider Mites

(TSSM), Tetranychidaeprefers mild temp (50-80° F), high humidity (60% RH+), ideal 70°-85° F. (20-30° C.) at 70% RHhigher humidity, misting, favors predator over pestaggressive and economical predator for mite clean up,does best on dense, low growing plantsnot in hot greenhouses

not in dry interior valleys

1-3/m2

1-14/10 ft2

20K40K/acre

1 X wk

1/10 mites

 

PMP1-S

1,000/bottle 29.00
5+ bottles 21.00
10+ bottles 13.00
PMP2-S 2,000/bottle 35.00
5+ bottles 28.00
10+ bottles 21.00
PMP5-S 5,000/vial 62.00
5+ vials 53.00
10+ vials 43.00
PMP25-S 2,000/bottle 146.00
5+ bottles 138.00
20+ bottles 129.00
PERSIMILIS & FALLACIS ON BEAN LEAVESARE SHIPPED WEDNESDAYS
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ CODE QUANTITY PRICE

Phytoseiulus persimilis on bean leaves

 

Spider mite predator

all life stages along with a food source

 

 

 

 

see above see above

PMPBL1

on bean leaves

1,000/tray 45.00
5+ trays 34.00
10+ trays 25.00

PMPBL3

on bean leaves

3,000/tray 65.00
5+ trays 54.00
10+ trays 46.00
Amblyseius fallacis

(=Neoseiulus fallacis)on bean leaves field mite predator

all life stages along with a food source

 

diapause light<16 hours, temp<54F (12C) supplemental light helps

spider mites, two spotted spider mite, Pacific mite, European red mite, Bank's grass mite, for cooler temperatures (early, late season) in mint, hops, berries, fruit trees,

overwinters in cold

3/10 ft2

1 X wk, 3 wk

1/ft2 GH

1/plant GH

PMFBL1

on bean leaves

1,250/tray 68.00
5+ trays 54.00
10+ trays 49.00

PMFBL2

on bean leaves

2,500/tray 89.00
5+ trays 76.00
10+ trays 70.00

 

PREDATORY MITES IN THIS SECTION ARE SHIPPED FROM RVI TUES-WED

THEY CAN ALSO SHIP SEPARATELY MON-WED FOR A SMALL DROP SHIP FEE

 

BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ CODE QUANTITY PRICE
Neoseiulus californicus

(=Amblyseius californicus)

 

californicus

warm (50° - 105°F) humid (40% - 80% RH) conditions, also tolerates low humidity

 

 

Pacific, cyclamen, TSSM,

good for lower spider mite densities, survives on pollen, on strawberry, corn, grapes, roses, vegetables, ornamentals, interiorscapes

2/ft2

4/plant

10K/acre

PMC1 1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMC2 2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00
PMC5 5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00
PMC10 10,000/bottle 95.00
5+ bottles 82.00
10+ bottles 68.00
PMC20 20,000/bottle 117.00
5+ bottles 99.00
10+ bottles 81.00
PMC25 25,000/bottle 137.00
5+ bottles 119.00
10+ bottles 101.00
Amblyseius fallacis

(=Neoseiulus fallacis) field mite predator

all life stages

 

diapause light<16 hours, temp<54F (12C) supplemental light helps

spider mites, two spotted spider mite, Pacific mite, European red mite, Bank's grass mite, for cooler temperatures (early, late season) in mint, hops, berries, fruit trees,

overwinters in cold

3/10 ft2

1 X wk, 3 wk

1/ft2 GH

1/plant GH

PMF1 1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMF2 2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00
PMF5 5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00
PMF10 10,000/bottle 115.00
5+ bottles 99.00
10+ bottles 83.00
PMF20 20,000/bottle 184.00
5+ bottles 175.00
10+ bottles 165.00
PMF25 25,000/bottle 223.00
5+ bottles 207.00
10+ bottles 191.00
Galendromus occidentalis

(=Metaseiulus occidentalis)western predatory mite

diapause cold temperature

mites, eriophyiid mites, two spotted spider mite, Russet mites, prefers warm weather (80-110° F), tolerates dry conditions (<30% RH)

does not do well in cool coastal areas, use in GH only if plants maintained about 30% RH

2K-5K/acre early

2/sq ft.

1/5 mites

PMO1

1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMO2 2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00
PMO5 5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00
PMO10 10,000/bottle 115.00
5+ bottles 99.00
10+ bottles 83.00
PMO20 20,000/bottle 184.00
5+ bottles 175.00
10+ bottles 165.00
PMO25

 

25,000/bottle 223.00
5+ bottles 207.00
10+ bottles 191.00
Mesoseiulus longipes

(=Phytoseiulus longipes)

longipes

spider mites, prefers humid 50% RH+, but tolerates dryer (40% RH at 70° F), and hotter than P. persimilis 2K-20K/acre

3/ft2 GH

PML1 1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PML2 2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00
PML5 5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00
PML10 10,000/bottle 115.00
5+ bottles 99.00
10+ bottles 83.00
PML20 20,000/bottle 184.00
5+ bottles 175.00
10+ bottles 165.00
PML25 25,000/bottle 223.00
5+ bottles 207.00
10+ bottles 191.00
Phytoseiulus persimilis

available carriers are:- corn grit- vermiculite

Avoid releases in temperatures below 45° F. or above 85° F and during dry windy conditions.

no diapause, inactive < 54º F (12º C)

high reproductive rate enables it to overcome its slower reproducing host in a relatively short time

Two Spotted Spider Mites

(TSSM), Tetranychidaeprefers mild temp (50-80° F), high humidity (60% RH+), ideal 70°-85° F. (20-30° C.) at 70% RHhigher humidity, misting, favors predator over pestaggressive and economical predator for mite clean up,does best on dense, low growing plantsnot in hot greenhouses

not in dry interior valleys

1-3/m2

1-14/10 ft2

20K40K/acre

1 X wk

1/10 mites

PMP1 1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMP2 2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00
PMP5 5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00
PMP10 10,000/bottle 115.00
5+ bottles 99.00
10+ bottles 83.00
PMP20 20,000/bottle 169.00
5+ bottles 151.00
10+ bottles 133.00
PMP25 25,000/bottle 195.00
5+ bottles 177.00
10+ bottles 155.00
Mixtures of mites: Certain species can be mixed 50:50 (see Legend)
BENEFICIAL TARGET PEST RATE/FREQ CODE QUANTITY PRICE

LEGEND

PMOL: G. occidentalis+M. longipes

PMOC: G. occidentalis+N. californicus

 

 

PMOL1

or

PMOC1

 

 

1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00

PMOL2

or

PMOC2

2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00

PMOL5

or

PMOC5

 

 

5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00

PMOL10

or

PMOC10

10,000/bottle 115.00
5+ bottles 99.00
10+ bottles 83.00

PMOL20

or

PMOC20

 

 

20,000/bottle 184.00
5+ bottles 175.00
10+ bottles 165.00

PMOL25

or

PMOC25

25,000/bottle 223.00
5+ bottles 207.00
10+ bottles 191.00

 

LEGEND

PMCL: N. californicus+M. longipes

PMCF: N. californicus+A. fallacis

PMFP: A. fallacis+P. persimilis

 

PMCL1

PMCF1

or

PMFP1

 

1,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 32.00
10+ bottles 26.00

PMCL2

PMCF2

or

PMFP2

2,000/bottle 48.00
5+ bottles 35.00
10+ bottles 21.00

PMCL5

PMCF5

or

PMFP5

5,000/bottle 76.00
5+ bottles 61.00
10+ bottles 45.00

PMCL10

PMCF10

or

PMFP10

10,000/bottle 111.00
5+ bottles 93.00
10+ bottles 74.00

PMCL20

PMCF20

or

PMFP20

20,000/bottle 169.00
5+ bottles 151.00
10+ bottles 133.00

PMCL25

PMCF25

or

PMFP25

25,000/bottle 195.00
5+ bottles 177.00
10+ bottles 159.00

Insects for Mite and Thrips Control

 

Feltiella acarisuga

Spider Mite Predator predatory midge,

* includes Ovi-Stim food, oviposition stimulant

2-spot spider mite (TSSM)

good for tomato, in greenhouse, strawberries, row crops

250-1K/acre

1 wk I,

3 X

FEL250 250/tray 91.00
5+ trays 80.00
10+ trays 68.00
Orius insidiosus

Minute Pirate Bug

predatory bug

thrips & other soft- bodied insects

 

250-5K/ac

1-2/

40 ft2

14/plant

OR500-B 500/bottle 59.00
5+ bottles 49.00
10+ bottles 40.00
OR1000-B 1,000/bottle 88.00
5+ bottles 79.00
10+ bottles 70.00
OR2000-B 2,000/bottle 133.00
5+ bottles 123.00
10+ bottles 114.00
Stethorus punctillum

Spider Mite Destroyer,

predatory beetle

no diapause, active >54º F (12º C)

spider mites

esp. cucumber, pepper (not on tomato)

200-500/acre

low level preventive

ST50 50/vial 63.00
5+ vials 54.00
ST100 100/vial 86.00
5+ vials 81.00

Aphid Biocontrol

Mealybug, Scale and Whitefly Biocontrol

Mite and Thrips Biocontrol

Caterpillar (Moth) Biocontrol

Fly Control

Leafminer and etc Biocontrol

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Updated 10/31/19