Californicus Information These are live insects and MUST be shipped OVERNIGHT. No USPS or ground shipping.
Target pests: Two-Spotted Spider Mites, Broad Mites, and Cyclamen Mites.
Neoseiulus californicus attacks two spotted spider mites, broad mites, and cyclamen mites. Good for lower spider mite densities. Neoseiulus survives on pollen in the absence of prey. Effective on cyclamen, strawberry, corn, grapes, roses, vegetables, ornamentals & interiorscapes. Also known as Amblyseius californicus. Neoseiulus californicus comes from the sub-tropical regions and is a lively shiny mite with a pinkish red color and has obvious long legs.
In plants where it is very hard to detect the first spider mites, Californicus may be introduced preventatively, even if no spider mites have been found yet. N. californicus need a minimum of 60% humidity and ideal temperatures 60-85 degrees F. Can tolerate temperatures up to 95 degrees F. Works great in gardens and greenhouses. Neoseiulus californicus consume their prey one adult or a few eggs per day, they can survive longer under starvation conditions and can also live on a diet of pollen. Susceptible to pesticides. Field tolerance will vary with spray timing, application methods, weather and crop. Avoid spraying crop one week before or after releasing predators. Some materials may be toxic to predators for up to four weeks. Highly perishable, the predators should be used immediately upon delivery.
RELEASE RATES: 4 mites/sq. ft. bi-weekly, 2-3 times; 5,000-20,000/acre, bi-weekly, 2-3 times.
Release Instructions for Californicus
It is recommended for mite control that a minimum of 3-4 releases will be needed in an indoor area (Greenhouse, Grow room, etc...)
1 release 7 days apart for three weeks and one follow-up release 30 days after the third release. This usually controls your mite problem. If your growing outdoors, then you need to follow the same regiment, however, you may need to do more weekly releases.
As with any biological control, your intention is to create a hostile environment to rid your plants of their pests. Trapping and monitoring of your grow site is an absolute so you know how many pests per area you are fighting.
True IPM is the use of biological controls as well as soft pesticides. If your plants are dying, it may be too late to use Biological control agents and you may need to react with pesticides. It is always best to be proactive, rather than reactive in the use of biological insect control.