This Generalist Spider Mite Predator is best known for its ability to survive and thrive in hot, dry conditions. Can tolerate temperatures up to 110 degrees. Californicus also have a slow eating habit which allows them to survive longer without food. For this reason many experienced growers use Californicus as a preventative predator to catch infestations early on. It is tan to reddish-brown in color and has a pear-shaped body with long legs. These mites are small, measuring about 0.5 mm in size. In plants where it is hard to detect the first spider mites, Californicus can be introduced as a preventative measure.
Best choice for an active infestation.
Our adult predatory mites are a natural tool to help cure an active infestation of mites. These tiny predators feed on all life stages of unwanted pests in your garden and help to balance the ecosystem. Our beneficial insects work quickly to reduce light to moderate infestations. With heavier infestations, increase in quantity and frequency may be required.
SLOW RELEASE SACHETS:
Don't fight pests, prevent them.
Avoiding garden pests is far easier than dealing with an outbreak of bad bugs - be proactive by preventing the problem. Our sachets are filled with a blend of predatory mites in a variety of life stages, providing a slow release of pest control into your garden. When it comes to having a healthy garden, preventative care is key. Release monthly as part of your IPM program.
NEOSEIULUS (AMBLYSEIUS) CALIFORNICUS RELEASE RATES:
Light Infestation: 1-2 mites per square foot.
Heavy Infestation: 2-4 mites per square foot.
Release weekly or bi-weekly as needed.
Temperature Range: 43° - 110° F.
Humidity: 40% - 80%
Hang one sachet per 6 square feet, every 2-4 weeks.
It's important to note that these release rates serve as general guidelines and may vary based on the specific pest species, the crop or plant being treated, and level of infestation. Proper monitoring of the infestation and the subsequent effectiveness of the released beneficial insect population is crucial for determining the success of the biological control strategy.
GOOD BUG SUPPLEMENTAL DIET:
Maintaining your growing operation relies on well-fed beneficial insects as your natural defenders. By providing dependable food sources, you enhance their strength and effectiveness.
Our Good Bug Supplemental Diet combines Ephestia, Artemia, and Carpoglyphus lacti - all of which are highly nutritional food sources rich in proteins, lipids, and essential fatty acids.
Packaged on easy-to-use hanging tabs!
BOTTLED MITE RELEASE BOXES:
Use Tip Top Hanging Release Boxes to release your predatory mites without making a mess! Release boxes help you concentrate predatory mites on infested areas.
Predatory mites are susceptible to pesticides. Avoid spraying plants one week before or after releasing predators. Some materials may be toxic to predators for up to four weeks.
If you've recently used pesticides, be sure to check the chemical compatibility with your predatory mites. We've compiled a list of some common chemicals as a resource.
For best results, release immediately upon receipt. If storage is necessary, store at 42° - 48° F. for no longer than 48 hours.