About Predatory Mites
|We bring you the development of natural enemies used for the biological control of Spider Mite infestations, enabling growers to safely combat this devastating pest without the use of harsh chemicals. The Spider Mite is a common pest throughout the world. By far the most common species in green houses is the Two Spotted Spider Mite, their rapid reproductive capacity means that they are capable of destroying plants quickly. The wide spread use of chemical control agents has resulted in Spider Mites developing resistance to pesticides.|
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.
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.
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.
Note: For optimum results, release predators when received, if storage is necessary, store at 50°-59°F for 1 day max.