AMBLYforce™ C- Amblyseius cucumeris-Attacks immature thrips stages. Useful for the prevention, control, and management of various thrips species. Application; 5-10 per sq. ft, repeat weekly or bi-weekly as needed.
Preferred food: These predatory mites prefer Greenhouse and Western Flower Thrips adults. They will also eat various mite species and pollen.
Biology & Behavior: Primarily thrips predators, Amblyseius cucumeris is a tan colored predatory mite, approximately 0.5 mm long. Eggs hatch into larvae that molt into nymphs approximately 2 days after being laid. During the next 7-10 days, the nymphs feed on thrips. Once they mature, the adult thrips predators consume one thrip per day. Adults live up to 30 days with females laying up to 35 eggs during that time. A. cucumeris can be found on the underside of the leaves or inside the flowers.
Release Rates & Recommendations: Release the mites when thrips populations are low, and allow several weeks for results. Ideal conditions are 68-77°F and a relative humidity of 65-70%. Moisture and humidity help increase hatch rates; however, sachets should be kept dry when applying. A. cucumeris should be used preventively, not to treat an established thrips or mite populations. Preventive Release Rates - Make initial releases before thrips issues develop to allow A. cucumeris to establish. This can take 4-8 weeks.
Spot Treatment Release Rates (Acute Treatment) - Use when isolated areas of pest pressure are present.
PLEASE NOTE: All beneficial insects must be Shipped Overnight
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