Release Rates: Adults in Bottles
|TREATMENT SIZE||QUANTITY||TIME PERIOD|
|Light to Moderate||5-20 mites per sq. ft.||bi-weekly, for 3-5 weeks|
Release Rates: Slow Release Hanging Bags
Hang 1 sachet per 3 sq.ft. , but may increase to 1 per plant depending on the crop. Bags should not be exposed to direct sunlight or overhead watering.Target Pests:Best known for its control of immature Western Flower Thrips, Onion Thrips, Bean Thrips, and other Thrip species.
These cost effective predators also work well to control: Two-Spotted Spider Mites, Cyclamen Mites, Broad Mites, Rust Mites, Bamboo Mites, Strawberry Mite, Whitefly, Pysillids and Aphids.
Cucumeris is a species of predatory mite that feeds on immature stages of thrips. It also feeds on pollen, two spotted mites and other species of mites. Cucumeris adults are pear-shaped, tan colored mites, less than 0.5mm (1/50 inch) long. When these pests aren’t around A. cucumeris survive by eating pollen.
About 60% are female. Well-fed females will lay up to 3 eggs per day for approximately a month. Their eggs are tiny .01 round, transparent and usually deposited on the bottom of leaves. Cucumeris are shipped as adults, immatures and eggs. They are available in two types of packaging:
Bulk bottles – containing 50,000 or 250,000 live adult predators. Release adults if an infestation already exists. Can be releases as a preventative measure as well, since cucumeris will survive in the absence of prey by feeding on pollen.
To release adults: Upon receipt allow A.cucumeris to warm to room temperatures. Predatory mites should be seen on the underside of the lids. Open the lid and shake the contents onto leaves or at the base of plant stems.
Lifespan of Cucumeris:
A complete life cycle takes 10-12 days. They feed 7 days before becoming adults. Adults live for up to 30 days.
For a more complete Natural and Organic control of Spider Mites, Russet Mites, Rust Mites, Two-Spotted Spider Mites, Cyclamen mites use Cucumeris alongside predators: Special Blend Predatory Mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis, Amblyseius andersoni, Neoseiulus fallacis and Amblyseius swirskii.