The Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) is used against all species of mealybugs and will feed on aphids and soft scale when mealybugs are scarce. Adult and larval stages are both predatory. Used by the citrus industry in California, this predatory insect is credited with the complete control of the citrus mealybug. Shipped as adults.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Most active at 70ºF, or higher, Mealybug Destroyers should be released at 0.5 per sq. ft. or 2-5 per infested plant. In orchards release 1,000-2,000 adult beetles per acre of mature fruit trees. Often after release, pest problems appears to get worse before they improve. This is because Cryptolaemus larvae are similar in appearance to the pest.
Note: Ants in the area should be controlled because they will protect mealybugs for their nectar.
Shipped Free (Federal Express)
We do everything we can to ensure safe arrival of your beneficial insects. To facilitate prompt arrival and avoid weekend holdovers during shipping, beneficial insect orders must be received by noon (MST) Wednesday to ship the following Monday or Tuesday. If multiple shipments or faster delivery is required, please call.
Orders placed during winter months will be shipped according to our 2015 Shipping Schedule, unless otherwise specified at checkout.
Please call us at (406) 582-0920 if you have questions concerning the shipping of our beneficial insects.
Planet Natural guarantees live, timely delivery of our beneficial insects. Instructions for care and release are provided with each order.
Note: Beneficial Insects are perishable. To ensure live delivery, it is important that you receive your order when it arrives. Once your order has shipped, a Fed Ex tracking number will be sent to you via email announcing when your package will be delivered. We will NOT be responsible for “live shipments” left unattended at your doorstep. Please make contingent arrangements to have them picked up by a neighbor or delivered to a work address if you will not be home during the day.