This very small, tan colored predatory mite moves quickly to capture its prey, which is the egg and larval stages of various thrips species. Thrips Predators (Amblyseius cucumeris) also eat spider mites, other harmful mites, honeydew and pollen. Adult A. cucumeris actively search for their prey and will destroy 2 – 3 thrips larvae per day. They are often found in hiding spots such as along veins and in the flowers. Even after thrips have been eliminated, the predators remain established in the greenhouse, feeding on pollen and spider mites.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Thrips predators are applied at a rate of 25,000 per 1,000 square feet, every three weeks. To release, gently tumble the container to mix the contents and shake the predators out close to thrips infestations. Humidity levels should be above 75% preferably, and the temperature should be above 68 F for most of the day. A. cucumeris can be stored for 1 – 2 days after receipt at 50 – 59 F, horizontally in the dark. DO NOT FREEZE.
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Orders placed during winter months will be shipped according to our 2014 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 deliverd. 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.