Prevent Thrips From Becoming Established With This Excellent Predator.
Amblyseius cucumeris predatory mites are primarily thrips predators, but will also feed on a range of mite species in different environments. Tan colored and about 0.5mm long, they can be slow to establish - 4-8 weeks under ideal conditions - meaning they are best used for prevention and low-level management of thrips infestations. Control is often seen 3 weeks after release. They will find alternate food sources* in the absence of prey. It is important to pair A. cucumeris with a suitable mite predator for control of any of the listed pest mites if populations are established.
- Immature Thrips
- Two-Spotted Spider Mites
- Cyclamen Mites
- Broad Mites
- Wide range of food sources.
- Highly compatible with S. scimitus, rove beetles and minute pirate bugs for thrips control.
- Often combined with A. andersoni for mite control.
- Sustain themselves in low pest levels.
- Multiple release types allows for variable uses in different growing environments.
68°-77°F, 65-70% relative humidity
Release Rates & Recommendations:
Release A. cucumeris when thrips populations are low. Early season monitoring can be done with blue or yellow sticky traps. Moisture and humidity help increase hatch rates; however, sachets should be kept dry when applying. Do not use with A. swirskii. Some crops, including tomatoes & other highly resinous crops, require higher release rates.
Preventive Release Rates:
Make initial releases before thrips issues develop to allow A. cucumeris to establish. This can take 4-8 weeks.
- Shaker Tubes in Vermiculite/Bran: 10-20 mites per sq. ft. or 100-200 per square meter. Make weekly broadcast applications.
- Mini-Sachets/Sachets on Sticks: Apply one sachet per propagation tray or plant. Repeat applications every 4 weeks.
Spot Treatment Release Rates (Acute Treatment):
Use when isolated areas of pest pressure are present.
- Shaker Tubes in Vermiculite/Bran: Apply 20-40 mites per sq. ft. (100-400 per square meter). Reapply weekly in broadcast applications until pest issues have subsided.
This Product Controls:
Bean Thrips (Caliothrips fasciatus), Broad Mites, Russet Mites, Spider Mites, Thrips**, Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis)
* Without prey, N. cucumeris will feed on the eggs and immature life stages of P. persimilis, all stages of A. swirskii along with pollen available on the plants.
** When controlling established thrips populations, consider using Minute Pirate Bugs to gain control and A. cucumeris to maintain control.