Predator Mites for Thrip Control - Amblyseius cucumeris

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 About Amblyseius cucumeris:

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. 

Lifespan of a Cucumeris:

A complete life cycle takes 10-12 days at 68° F. Newly hatched larvae do not feed until they molt at 2 days old. They feed for another 7 days before becoming adults. Adults live for up to 30 days.

Release Instructions for Cucumeris:

Relatively high introduction rates are required because Thrips can reproduce nearly twice as fast as Cucumeris and Cucumeris only feed on immature Thrips, not adults. Typical rate is 5 predators per square foot. Using bulk container 10-100 Cucumeris per plant weekly as needed. For greenhouses / growroom-1 bag per 5 plants every 1-2 weeks, until there is 1 bag per plant in infested areas. For interiorscapes - 1 bag per large plant, every 6-8 weeks.

Using slow release bags
Greenhouse - 1 bag per 5 plants every 1-2 weeks, until there is 1 bag per plant in infested areas.
Interior plantscapes - 1 bag per large plant, every 6-8 weeks.
Hang bags within 10 inches of the growing point on greenhouse crops, ensuring good contact with the stem and leaves. Bags should not be exposed to direct sunlight or overhead watering. 

Use Cucumeris along with other thrips predators such as Orius spp. and Hypoaspis. Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may adversely affect Cucumeris survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to Cucumeris. 

Cucumeris Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What do Amblysieus cucumeris eat?

A: They feed on spider mites as well as immature stages of thrips.