About Praying Mantis

Praying Mantids are  always a good seller. They are the ultimate general predator, hunting and feeding on any other insect it can capture. Praying Mantids are our only seasonal item, usually available January through June depending on supply. We offer these insects in three types of beautifully designed packaging that will provide you with several unique options to drive sales and will appeal to  your customers. Each egg case should hatch out approximately 50-200 baby Mantids.Preys On: Anything they can catch. However, they will usually avoid eating Ladybugs, they taste bad.
Praying_Mantis_releasePraying_Mantis_cupPraying_Mantis_close_up2Praying Mantids are usually available in retail cups and breathable pouches that contain 2 Egg Pods.
 

Release Instructions

Praying Mantids are beautiful insects that have a voracious appetite. They help to control insect pests the organic way. Mantids are strictly carnivorous and feed on almost any insect that they can overcome.

Once you have made it home with your insects, you may store them in a refrigerator but DO NOT FREEZE THEM. If stored in a refrigerator, the Mantis eggs will remain unhatched. However we recommend releasing before August. Hatching later than this may not give the baby Mantids time to mature and reproduce before the winter freeze. There are two different approaches to releasing, specifically designed for outdoor or indoor release. Each egg case will hatch about 50-200 baby Mantids.

Outdoor hatching: We recommend tying a string to the piece of the twig the egg case was originally spun around. Hang the egg case about 1 foot off the ground. Once the egg begins to hatch babies will crawl from between tiny flaps in the case and use a silken thread to climb down to the ground or onto surrounding plants. Once the egg has hatched it will be very hard to tell that it has hatched. The babies will disperse and find an area in your yard to call home and the egg case will look the same to most untrained eyes. If you want to make sure they hatch we recommend using the indoor hatching application.

Indoor hatching: Place the eggs of the Praying Mantids in separate clear containers and keep them in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Praying Mantids eggs need at least to be in 70 degrees for 2-3 weeks to get through their incubation period to hatch. However do be patient for it can take up to 8 weeks to hatch, depending on when the mother Praying Mantids have laid their eggs.

Note: It is difficult to know when hatching has occurred since the egg case does not change appearance in any way.

Alternatively, keep the Hatching Habitat in a warm place, out of direct sunlight, and check daily. Upon hatching, release the young within 24 hours. They need to eat!

Release Rates 

*Release rate guideline are for preventative control. Heavier infestations may require additional treatment.

Dealer: To prevent hatching, keep Praying Mantids in a refrigerator. Rotate units at counter with units in fridge on a weekly basis. If stored in a refrigerator the eggs will remain unhatched until July. Hatching later than this may not give the baby Mantids time to mature and reproduce before the winter freeze.

Customer: Once you have made it home with your insects, you may store them in a refrigerator butDO NOT FREEZE THEM. If stored in a refrigerator, the Mantis eggs will remain unhatched. However we recommend releasing before August.

Strategic Considerations: Particularly susceptible to pesticides especially when directed at manure. Careful placement of pesticides is important in order to minimize harm. Reduce adult populations with poison baits and spray only adult fly resting surfaces with long residual pesticides.

Chinese Mantids will eat Drosophila melanogaster and similar small flies. As they grow larger, Mantids will acceptHouse Flies, Blue Bottle Flies and small roaches. Praying Mantids will also consume caterpillars, cockroaches, moths,butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, flies, bees and wasps. As they grow larger however they can consume small reptiles and amphibians

Each Praying Mantid egg pod or sack can hatch from 50 to 200 baby PrayingMantis .

Yes, the children can however we recommend that the child is supervised by an adult. From around 11 – 12 years old a child should be able to care for a praying mantis by their self but please advice them to handle with care. A younger child would most likely need help with feeding, adjusting the temperature and the humidity, with cleaning and health checks.

Although you may think you have gotten a bad egg, generally this is not the case. Praying Mantids eggs do not break open or crack like normal eggs when they hatch. Instead, baby Mantids, less than a quarter inch, force their way out of vents / flaps in the spongy egg shell. Baby Mantids are very hard to see in the environment, so even if you haven’t seen any, chances are that your eggs did hatch. The baby Mantids blend in with their surroundings until they reach adulthood and unless you were monitoring the entire hatching process, then you may not seen them.

In order to monitor hatching, we recommend to all of our customers to execute indoor hatching as that is the only way to have full control over the hatching process. Please refer to the above hatching methods for details.

The expected life span of a praying mantis depends on the species, but the maximum is about a year for the entire life cycle. However, most will only live as adults for about 6 months (less for some species).

Strategic Considerations: Particularly susceptible to pesticides especially when directed at manure. Careful placement of pesticides is important in order to minimize harm. Reduce adult populations with poison baits and spray only adult fly resting surfaces with long residual pesticides.

 

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