Neoseiulus cucumeris, predatory mite against thrips and mites
Adult mites are about 0.4 mm long, pale-pink and have short legs. Their body is pear-shaped and somewhat flattened. They are difficult to see in the crop. The nymphs are pale brown in color. Nymphs and adults are very mobile. The eggs are translucent white.
Mode of action:
The predatory mites pierce their prey and suck it dry. Besides thrips Neoseiulus cucumeris also eats pollen and mites, spider mites, among others. This is important because this allows the predatory mites to survive in the absence of thrips larvae on plants in the greenhouse. Neoseiulus cucumeris can be used preventively.
The predatory mite is used in greenhouses and indoor landscapes against thrips, but also against two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus), cyclamen mite (Tarsonemus pallidus), citrus mite (Panonychus citri) and Brevipalpus mite. Consider repeated introductions. The product is sensitive to various chemical pesticides. Ask for advice on introduction strategy.
effect of THRIPEX:
- THRIPEX preys on eggs and young stages of thrips and to a lesser extent on mites
- thrips population build up is inhibited after deployment
- presence of predatory mite on leaves will increase after several weeks
- repeated introductions necessary until sufficient leaf occupancy is reached
- presence of pollen helps predatory mites to settle themselves
- presence of pollen facilitates preventive use of predatory mites
The product THRIPEX:
THRIPEX: bottle of 1000 ml with 50,000 predatory mites (all stages) in vermiculite with food mites
THRIPEX-PLUS: 500 bags each with 1,000 predatory mites (all stages) mixed with bran with food mites
2 days at 10-15°C laying in the dark
Optimal temperature between 18 and 35oC
RH should be above 60%.
can also be used in the winter, there is no diapause
- western flower thrips
- partly effective against tarsonemid mites