Amblyseius Swirskii is a predatory mite supplied by BioBee South Africa, who are actively providing IPM solutions which reduce the use of pesticides for both conventional and bio-organic agriculture in the country.
Sold by Hydroponic.co.za in 5g sachets, which are hooked onto plant stems close to leaves. The mites will emerge from the holes in the top of the sachets over a number of days, eager to find food and help with the elimination of the following pests:
- Sweet potato whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) – targets immature stages
- Greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariprum) – targets immature stages
- Young larvae of Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) – targets immature stages
- Two-spotted spider mite and red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae, T. cinnabarinus)
- Broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus)
The release rate depends upon the nature of the crop, the ecosystem (e.g. open field or greenhouse) and the rate of pest infestation. Temperatures of 21-27°C and high humidity (above 60%) will enhance predator activity and ensure its success. Make sure that the holes of each sachet are indeed open, to ensure that the mites will be able to crawl out of it easily. (Holes can be enlarged slightly, using a pen or pencil). For faster dispersion, the sachets can be torn open and the contents sprinkled onto the plant’s leaves.
Amblyseius Swirskii should be shipped and stored at temperatures ranging from around 6 – 16 °C and the sachets should be viable for up to 3 weeks after the production date printed on each sachet.
Due to the sensitive nature of this living product, Hydroponic.co.za can not be held liable for the state in which the product is received after being shipped.
We will be (“overnight”) shipping this product (using polystyrene containers which will include cooling packs) separately from any other items purchased and additional charges will apply FOR AREAS OUTSIDE OF CAPE TOWN. “Overnight” service can take up to 3 days to be delivered, especially for REGIONAL TOWNS.
ORDERS RECEIVED TOO LATE IN THE WEEK WILL ONLY BE SHIPPED OFF ON MONDAY OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
- 1 – 30 Sachets = Additional charge x 1
- 31 – 60 Sachets = Additional charge x 2
- 61 – 90 Sachets = Additional charge x 3
The adult female is an off-white droplet-shaped mite. It has a characteristic rapid movement when disturbed or exposed to bright light. The eggs are oval and transparent to white.
Please note… not recommended for use on Tomatoes, as the trichomes of a Tomato plant give of a substance that is irritating to these mites.