Natural Spider Mite Control

Spider Mite Control - Get rid of spider mites the organic way!

 

Spider Mite Damage

Spider Mite larvae, nymphs, and adults cause damage to the host plant by feeding on plant tissue and plant sap, primarily on the underside of leaves where the Spider Mites pierce the cells and suck out the contents. As these cells die, chlorophyll is removed and the damage increases. The leaves will turn yellow and eventually the whole plant will die.

 

NATURAL SPIDER MITE CONTROL

We bring you the development of natural enemies used for the biological control of Spider Mite infestations, enabling growers to safely combat this devastating pest without the use of harsh chemicals.

Spider mites are a very common and devastating pest in the arachnid family, especially in dry areas with high heat. This may include greenhouses and homes during the dryer winter months but if the conditions are right spider mites feed year long. These sucking pests attach themselves to plant tissue and suck the sap and cell contents from the leaves, potentially creating massive decreases in yield on fruit-bearing plants.

The most common types of spider mites are the Two-Spotted Spider Mite and the Spruce Spider Mite. These pests spread by the wind or by attaching themselves to animals and people to be released in a new, promising location. This would be a stressed out plant of almost any kind.

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Special Predaory      Mite Blend

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Due to a high demand, listening to our customers and research, we have developed a mixture of  3 Predatory Mites called “Special Blend”, normally consisting of an assortment of the following; M. longipes, N. californicus and P. persimilis.
Special Blend is best used in unknown growing conditions. Our Special Blend takes the guess work out of which mite should be used in your Garden, Green House, or Grow Room. It has been proven to be very effective. You will see a mixture of bright
reddish orange, colored mites with obvious long legs. These mites can tolerate temperatures up to 110°F., but do best in temperatures between 60° -85° F.  They do well in humidities ranging from 40%-90%.To raise the humidity level you can lightly mist the plants or surrounding walkways.
Target Pest Temp & Humidity Release rates
 Two-SpottedSpider Mite
Spider Mite
 Broad Mites
 CyclamenMites
Mites
For optimum performance will be
between 50-
110°F with a
relative humidity of
between 40-90%.
Prevent      5-13/yd, monthly, as needed.
Low            10-19/yd, tri-wkly, 2-3 times.
Med            18-26/yd, bi-wkly, 2-4 times.
High            26-32/yd, weekly, 3-4 times.

   

Predatory Mite    Neoseiulus californicus

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Neoseiulus Californicus: is a predatory mite that attacks two spotted spider mites, broad mites and cyclamen mites. They are a pinkish red color, obvious long legs, and they are oblong in shape. This form of predatory mite works great on crops such as cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, tropical plants, and greenhouse plants. They may also be used in gardens and orchards. The Californicus tends to be calmer than Mesoseiulus Longpipes and Phytoseiulus Persimilis which are both also predatory mites. However due to the Californicus being calmer they will survive longer under harsh conditions. Californicus prefer warm weather roughly 50 degrees to 110 degrees.  They can also survive very low temperatures for small periods of time and can survive in humidity ranging from 40% to 60%This species of predatory mite has five stages of its life cycle; eggs, larvae, protonymph, deutonymph and adult. The eggs are football shaped, very small and a pale color. The two nymph stages have three pairs of legs compared to the adult stage which will have four pairs of legs. The life cycle stages of the Californicus are completed within 10 to 12 days. The life span for adult Californicus is around twenty days depending on the conditions of its environment.
Target Pest Temp & Humidity Release rates
 Two-Spotted
Spider Mite
 Broad Mites
 Cyclamen Mites
For optimum performance will be between 50-110°F with a relative humidity of between 40-60%.
Prevent     9-13/yd, monthly, as needed.
Low           14-19/yd, bi-wkly, 2-3 times.
Med           Not recommended
High           Not recommended

 

Predatory Mite   Mesoseiulus Longpipes

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Mesoseiulus Longpipes:  is a predatory mite that also goes after similar mites as the Californicus or Persimilis, however it differs largely in the area as weather. The Longpipes thrive in hot weather up to 100 degrees. They also can tolerate lower humidity around 40%, lower than the Californicus or the Persimilis can survive in. The Longpipes have the same life cycle stages as Californicus and Persimilis. The life cycle stages are; eggs, larvae, protonymph, deutonymph and adults. The completion of its life stages to adulthood is around one week, or seven days, depending on the temperature.  This particular predatory mite however does not thrive outside like the other two predatory mites can. Longpipes thrive much better in greenhouses than the other two predatory mites.
Target Pest Temp & Humidity Release rates
 Two-Spotted
Spider Mite
 Broad Mites
 Cyclamen Mites
For optimum performance will be between 60-90°F with a relative humidity of between 40-60%.
Prevent     9-13/yd, monthly, as needed.
Low           14-19/yd, bi-wkly, 2-3 times.
Med           Not recommended
High           Not recommended

 

Predatory Mite    Phytoseiulus Persimilis

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Phytoseiulus Persimilis:  is a predatory might that is similar in size to the two spotted spider might but does not have the black spots and is orange in color.  Persimilis will consume around 5-10 pest adults or up to 20 pest eggs per day. The Persimilis is a very active predatory might and the only time it stops is to feed upon a spider might.  The Persimilis will tolerate hot temperatures reaching as high as 95 degrees, as long as the humidity is between 60% and 90%. The main difference body feature of the Persimilis and Spider Mites is the Persimilis has a mouth that extends in front of their body while the Spider Mites mouth extends downwards. The Persimilis has the same life cycle stages as the Longpipes and the Californicus mentioned further up the page. The life cycle stages are: eggs, larvae, protonymph, deutonymph and adults. Persimilis survive very well in either greenhouses or outside applications.
Target Pest Temp & Humidity Release rates
 Two Spotted Spider Mite
For optimum performance will be between 70-85°F with a relative humidity of between 60-90%.
Prevent     5-9/yd, mnthly, as needed.
Low            10-18/yd, tri-wkly, 2-3 times.
Med            18-26/yd, bi-wkly, 2-4 times.
High         26-32/yd, weekly, 3-4 times.

Predatory Mite    Neoseiulus Fallacis

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Neoseiulus Fallacis: is a Predatory Mite that is native to the United States. It is a active predator to Spider Mites, European Red Mites, Spruce Spider Mites, Rust Mites, Southern Red Mite and small pests. The Fallacis adults are .15 mm long, light tan to light orange pear shaped Predatory Mite. From the Fallacis eggs to the adult stages, it can roughly take up to a week or more depending on the temperature. The female Fallacis lay around 1 to 5 eggs per day for a total of nearly 60 eggs in their lifespan and the eggs will hatch within 3 days or so.  The larva of the Fallacis do not feed upon pests, however later stages and adult stages will feed on all of its preys stages. The Fallacis will be active in temperatures ranging from 35 degrees Fahrenheit up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only do Fallacis feed off of pests but will also feed off of pollen to survive and thrive, this makes them very unique and they are great for uses as a preventative measure to help insure Spider Mites or pests will not set up their colonies.  We recommend using these if you have plenty of plants that create pollen for the Fallacis will then stay and feed off the pollen of the plants waiting for any spider mites or pests.
Target Pest Temp & Humidity Release rates
Two Spotted Spider Mite
European & Southern Red Mite
Spruce Spider Mites
For optimum performance will be between 70-100°F with a relative humidity of between 40-90%.
Prevent     5-9/yd, monthly, as needed.
Low           10-18/yd, tri-wkly, 2-3 times.
Med          18-26/yd, bi-wkly, 2-4 times.
High         26-32/yd, weekly, 3-4 times.

Stethorus Punctillum

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Stethorus Punctillum: is a small, oval shaped, hairy black beetle that has yellowish-brown legs, antennae and are yellowish-brown on some areas around the mouth.  The Stethorus is actually part of the Ladybug species which is estimated to have close to 3500 different species world wide with nearly 500 species located in Northern America.  The Stethorus adults are excellent at hunting down and devouring mites (not limited to) belonging to the species Tetranychidae. They also attack the European red mite (Panonychus Ulmi, Koch), the spruce spider mite and the southern red mites but they are also not limited to these mites. The adult female Stethorus lay their eggs underneath leaves that are currently infested with Spider Mites. The incubation process for these eggs can take up to five days depending on the weather and environment. Once the eggs hatch and the larvae are born the larvae will begin consuming Spider Mites in different stages of their life cycles. A single Stethorus larva can eat nearly 240 Spider Mites while making its transition to the pupa stage. The larva will climb down to the lower section of the plant and will begin its pupa stage underneath leaves. The adult Stethorus will emerge once the larva has completed the pupa stage, which can take up to a week. You CAN also release Stethorus along with any predatory mite, for the Stethorus will not consume the Predatory Mites.  The Stethorus is effective at temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and humidity ranging from 30 to 90%! Important:  Insecticides, soaps, supreme oils and spreader stickers can be harmful or fatal to the Stethorus. There is also some evidence that it is possible for the Stethorus to be able to develop a resistance to some pesticides like Azinphosmethyl or pesticides classed as Organosphate only under field conditions, not in greenhouses or IPM systems.

 

Target Pest Temp & Humidity Release rates
Two Spotted Spider Mite
European &
Southern
Red Mite
Spruce Spider
Mites
For optimum performance will be between 69-90°F with a relative humidity of around 60%.
Prevent    1-2/yd, mnthly, as needed.
Low             2-3/yd, tri-wkly, 2-3 times.
Med             4-5/yd, bi-wkly, 2-4 times.
High         5-6/yd, bi-wkly, 2-4 times.

 

Neoseiulus FallacisMesoseiulus Longpipes