Catalog of Beneficials

Control of Pest Mites and Thrips

 

 

 

 

Overview on Thrips Biocontrols

    Amblyseius cucumeris

    Hypoaspis miles

    Feltiella acarisuga

 

 

   

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 2.75
10+ bags 1.95
50+ bags 1.20
100+ bags 0.90
AC1-S

slow release

1,000/bag 3.05
10+ bags 2.30
50+ bags 1.60
100+bags 1.35
200+bags 1.10
AC50

bulk fast release,

liter botl.

50,000/tube 34.50
5+ tubes 28.00
15+ tubes 24.50
25+tubes 22.00
50+ tubes 20.00
Amblyseius cucumeris, slow release over 6-8 weeks – use on or before appearance of thrips
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

AC260-S

with hooks

 

260 sachets/cs 80.00
5+ cases 68.00
AC300-S
Gemini sachets
300 sachets/cs 87.00
5+ cases 74.00
Hypoaspis miles

predatory mitelives 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

HYM10 10,000/liter 27.00
5+ liters 19.00
10+ liters 16.50
HYLTR 25,000/liter 34.50
5+ liters 28.00
15+ liters 25.00
30+ liters 22.75
60+ liters 20.00

 

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 & FALLACIS IN THIS SECTION ARE SHIPPED MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY
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

1,000/bottle 32.50
5+ bottles 27.00
10+ bottles 22.00
25+ bottles 15.00
PMP2 2,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 33.00
10+ bottles 18.00
PMP2V 2,000/vial 30.00
5+ vials 23.00
10+ vials 20.00
PMP2V-AB 2,000/bottle 49.00
5+ bottles 33.00
20+ bottles 30.00
80+ bottles 29.00
PMP5 5,000/bottle 71.00
5+ bottles 59.00
10+ bottles 47.00
25+ bottles 36.00
50+bottles 34.00

Phytoseiulus persimilis on bean leaves

 

Spider mite predator

all life stages along with a food source

 

Ships Wednesday

 

 

PMPBL1

on bean leaves

1000/tray 43.00
5+ trays 30.00
20+ trays 24.00

PMPBL3

on bean leaves

3000/tray 64.00
5+ trays 53.00
10+ trays 44.00
20+ trays 40.00

Amblyseius fallacis

(=Neoseiulus fallacis)

field mite predator, 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, overwinters in cold (early, late season) in mint, hops, berries, fruit tr.

3/10 ft2

1 wk I, 3wk

1/ft2 GH

1/plant GH

PMF1

 

1,000/bottle 32.50
5+ bottles 27.00
10+ bottles 22.00
25+ bottles 15.00
PMF2 2,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 33.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMF5 5,000/bottle 71.00
5+ bottles 59.00
10+ bottles 47.00
25+ bottles 36.00
Amblyseius fallacis

(=Neoseiulus fallacis)on bean leaves field mite predator

all life stages along with a food source

 

Ships Wednesday

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 56.00
5+ trays 42.00
10+ trays 37.00

PMFBL2

on bean leaves

2,500/tray 82.00
5+ trays 65.00
10+ trays 63.00

 

PREDATORY MITES IN THIS SECTION ARE SHIPPED

MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

 

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 32.50
5+ bottles 27.00
10+ bottles 22.00
25+ bottles 15.00
PMC2 2,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 33.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMC5 5,000/bottle 71.00
5+ bottles 59.00
10+ bottles 47.00
25+ bottles 36.00
PMC25 25,000/bottle 112.00
5+bottles 95.00
10+bottles 78.00

Neoseiulus californicus

(=Amblyseius californicus)

californicus on bean leaves with all life stages along with a food source, spidermites

 

 

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PMCBL40

on bean leaves

40,000/flat 120.00
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 32.50
5+ bottles 27.00
10+ bottles 22.00
25+ bottles 15.00
PMO2 2,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 33.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PMO5 5,000/bottle 71.00
5+ bottles 59.00
10+ bottles 47.00
25+ bottles 36.00
50+ bottles 34.00
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 32.50
5+ bottles 27.00
10+ bottles 22.00
25+ bottles 15.00
PML2 2,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 33.00
10+ bottles 26.00
PML5 5,000/bottle 71.00
5+ bottles 59.00
10+ bottles 47.00
25+ bottles 36.00
Mixtures of mites

Galendromus occidentalis with Mesoseiulus longipes, etc tolerates dry conditions

(<30% RH)

mites, eriophyiid mites, two spotted spider mite, Russet mites, prefers warm weather (80-110 F) depends on mix 2K-5K/acre early 2/sq ft. 1/5 mites

PMOL

PMOC

PMOP

 

1,000/bottle 32.50
5+ bottles 27.00
10+ bottles 22.00
25+ bottles 15.00
2,000/bottle 39.00
5+ bottles 33.00
10+ bottles 26.00

N.californicus-M.longipes-PMCL1

N.californicus-A.fallacis-PMCF1

N.californicus-P.persimilis-PMCP1

A.fallacis-P.persimilis-PMFP1

M.longipes-P.persimilis-PMLP1

  2K-5K/acre ealry 2/sq ft. 1/5 mites

PMCL

PMCF

PMFP

PMLP

PMFL

5,000/bottle 71.00
5+ bottles 59.00
10+ bottles 47.00
25+ bottles 36.00

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/unit 75.00
5+ units 62.00
Orius insidiosus

Minute Pirate Bug

predatory bug

thrips & other soft- bodied insects

 

250-5K/ac

1-2/

40 ft2

14/plant

OR500 500/bottle 61.00
5+ bottles 49.00
10+ bottles 46.00
OR1000 1,000/bottle 84.00
5+ bottles 72.00
10+ bottles 69.00
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 55.00
5+ vials 40.00
ST100 100/vial 75.00
5+ vials 60.00
10+ vials 57.00

Aphid Biocontrol

Mealybug, Scale and Whitefly Biocontrol

Mite and Thrips Biocontrol

Caterpillar (Moth) Biocontrol

Fly Control

Leafminer and etc Biocontrol

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