These are live insects and MUST be shipped OVERNIGHT. No USPS or ground shipping.
Also known as Amblyseius californicus, Neoseiulus californicus comes from the sub-tropical regions and is a lively shiny mite with a pinkish red color and has obvious long legs.
In plants where it is very hard to detect the first spider mites, Californicus may be introduced preventatively, even if no spider mites have been found yet. N. californicus tolerates low humidity and ideal temperatures 50-105°F. Neoseiulus californicus consume their prey of one adult or a few eggs per day. They can survive longer under starvation conditions and can also live on a diet of pollen.
4 mites per sq.ft., bi-weekly, 2-3 times.
5,000-20,000 per acre, bi-weekly, 2-3 times.
Egg to adult: about 2 weeks, adults live for about 14 days.
Susceptible to pesticides. Field tolerance will vary with spray timing, application methods, weather and crop. Avoid spraying crop one week before or after releasing predators. Some materials may be toxic to predators for up to four weeks. Highly perishable, the predators should be used immediately upon delivery.