If you've recently used pesticides, be sure to check the chemical compatibility with your predatory mites. We've compiled a list of some common chemicals as a resource.
Two-Spotted Spider Mites, European Red Mites, Spruce Spider Mites, Southern Red Mites, Bamboo Mites, Clover Mites, Broad Mites, and many other species of mites.
N. fallacis, a close relative of Californicus, is a robust predator with a diverse diet. It can withstand colder temperatures and enters a hibernation-like state in the soil, making it an excellent choice for mid-spring use when pests have not yet emerged from their winter dormancy. During this period, N. fallacis can effectively hunt down dormant pests, acting as efficient predators.
Best choice for an active infestation.
Our adult predatory mites serve as a natural solution for tackling mite infestations. These small but effective predators feed on all life stages of unwanted pests in your garden, promoting a balanced ecosystem. They work swiftly to reduce mild to moderate infestations, and for more severe cases, adjusting the quantity and frequency of their application may be necessary.
SLOW RELEASE SACHETS:
Don't fight pests, prevent them.
It's much simpler to prevent garden pests than to handle a full-blown infestation later on. Take a proactive approach by using our sachets, which contain a combination of predatory mites at different life stages. They gradually release pest control agents into your garden, ensuring ongoing protection. When aiming for a healthy garden, prioritizing preventative care is crucial. Incorporate monthly releases of these sachets into your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
Light Infestation: 1-2 mites per square foot.
Heavy Infestation: 3-4 mites per square foot.
Release weekly or bi-weekly as needed.
Temperature Range: 50° - 85° F.
Humidity: 50% - 70%.
Hang one sachet per 6 square foot, every 2-4 weeks.
Make use of Gardening Zone's Hanging Release Boxes for a clean and efficient method of deploying predatory mites. These release boxes are designed to concentrate the mites specifically on infested areas, allowing for targeted pest control without any mess.
Predatory mites are susceptible to pesticides. Avoid spraying plants one week before or after releasing predators. Some materials may be toxic to predators for up to four weeks.
Great when used in combination with Hypoaspis miles as an early preventative IPM strategy.
Development from egg to adult takes from 7-9 days at 21°C (70°F); to 3 days at 32°C (85°F). In the field, under optimum conditions, populations can increase from 10 predators per 100 leaves to 200-500 predators per 100 leaves, in just 2 weeks. Adult females lay 1-5 eggs per day, for a total of 26-60 eggs over their 14-62 day lifetime. The eggs hatch in 2-3 days. Eggs are oval and twice the size of two-spotted mite eggs. Female Fallacis eat 2-16 spider mites per day. Adult females enter diapause in response to the short days in the fall (14 hours or less).