|Neoseiulus Californicus: is a predatory mite that attacks two spotted spider mites, broad mites and cyclamen mites. They are a pinkish red color, obvious long legs, and they are oblong in shape. This form of predatory mite works great on crops such as cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, tropical plants, and greenhouse plants. They may also be used in gardens and orchards. The Californicus tends to be calmer than Mesoseiulus Longpipes and Phytoseiulus Persimilis which are both also predatory mites. However due to the Californicus being calmer they will survive longer under harsh conditions. Californicus prefer warm weather roughly 50 degrees to 95 degrees. They can also survive very low temperatures for small periods of time and can survive in humidity ranging from 40% to 60%Life Cycle Stages: Egg, Larvae, Protonymph, Deutonymph and Adult. Sex Ratio – females predominant 4:1. Completes a generation in one to two weeks depending on temperature.Target Pest: 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.|
A natural way to Spider Mite control!
Due to a high demand, listening to our customers and research, we have developed a mixture of 3 Predatory Mites called “Special Blend”, normally consisting of an assortment of the following; M. longipes, N. californicus and P. persimilis. Special Blend is best used in unknown growing conditions. Our Special Blend takes the guess work out of which mite should be used in your Garden, Green House, or Grow Room. It has been proven to be very effective. You will see a mixture of bright reddish orange, colored mites with obvious long legs. These mites can tolerate temperatures up to 95°F., but do best in temperatures between 60° -85° F. They do well in humidities ranging from 50%-90%. To raise the humidity level you can lightly mist the plants or surrounding walkways.
Our different Predatory Mite species are also sold separate for known growing conditions. All species are listed in our Spider Mite Control Page.
Release rates are highly variable and are based on the severity of the infestation. The first step is to try to get an approximate count on how many mites you have infesting each plant. There are usually hot spots that Spider Mites migrate to, so we recommend looking at those areas to get a rough estimate of how many are in the area. After doing this our rule is one predatory mite for every 5 pests. If releasing them as a preventative measure we recommend 4 mites per sq. ft. of growing canopy. For maximum efficacy bi-weekly releases 2-3 times is needed, or until the predatory mites have dominated the infested area. They work well in gardens and in controlled environments a like.
|Target Pest||Temp & Humidity||Release Rates|
Two-Spotted, Spider Mite, Broad Mites, Cyclamen Mites
|For optimum performance will be between 50-95°F with a relative humidity of between 40-60%.||Low: 14-19/yd, bi-wkly, 2-3Med: Not RecommendedHigh: Not Recommended|
Dealer: Predatory Mites DO NOT have a shelf life. Place your orders before 2:00pm (PST) and your order of mites will normally ship the same day via overnight so your customer can pick it up the next day! Drop shipping to your customer is available. Next day orders are usually shipped Mon-Thursday before 2:00pm. (PST)
Customer: Once you have received your predatory mites, release them ASAP!
- Keep the package or vial in a cool location until you can release the predators. Ideal storage temperature is 50°F (10°C). But remember to release them as soon as possible.
- You should be able to see the predatory mites with normal vision. Some may be seen in the cap after it is removed but, the easiest way is to sprinkle some of the corn cob meal on a white paper under a desk lamp or flashlight and watch them run on the paper.
- Roll or tumble the vial to mix. Mist the leaves with water using a pump-spray bottle. Remove the cap and sprinkle the contents on the infested areas of the plants. The meal can be brushed off after an hour or so when the predators have left. If you do not want the meal on the plants place paper or foil on plant to place material.
- The predators will go to the underside of the leaf where the pest mites are usually found.