Neoseiulus Californicus 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:
- Two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus Urticae)
- Fruit spider mite (Panonychus Ulmi)
- Citrus red mite (Panonynchus Citri)
- Begonia mite (Tarsonemus Pallidus)
- Broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus Latus)
Full dispersion and noticeable effects may take between 2 and 3 weeks, depending on each unique situation. 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.
Neoseiulus Californicus 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.
These charges will be visible during check-out, before payment for the order is made….
- 1 – 30 Sachets = Additional charge x 1
- 31 – 60 Sachets = Additional charge x 2
- 61 – 90 Sachets = Additional charge x 3
Neoseiulus californicus are translucent and range in color from pale orange to peach. The nymphs resemble the adults except that they are smaller and cannot reproduce. Their eggs are oblong, transparent and white to dirty-white in color. Adult predatory mites, nymphs and larvae actively search for their prey and suck them empty. All stages of Neoseiulus californicus prefer to eat younger stages of host mites and adult females can consume fifteen to twenty spider mite eggs per day. Neoseiulus californicus can also feed and survive on Thrips and can survive for up to 3 – 4 weeks without food and therefore very good for prophylactic treatments and maintaining low populations of Red Mite and Red spider mite. Neoseiulus californicus tolerates high temperatures and low humidity levels.
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.