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Phytoseiulus Persimilis, of South American origin, is a well-known biological control agent against Spider Mites, 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:
- Tetranychus Urticae Koch (Two-spotted Spidermite)
- Tetranychus Cinnabarinus (Boisduval) (Carmine Spidermite)
- Tetranychus Turkestani Ugarov & Nicolski (Strawberry Spidermite)
- Tetranychus Ludeni (Bean Mite)
Phytoseiulus Persimilis controls spider mite infestations in many crops, in temperate as well as subtropical and tropical regions. They should be introduced upon first sign of spider mite damage. The release rate depends upon the nature of the crop, the ecosystem (e.g. open field or greenhouse) and the level of spider mite infestation. Temperatures of 21-27°C and high humidity (above 60%) will enhance predator activity and ensure its success.
These predatory mites should be shipped and stored at temperatures ranging from around 4 – 10 °C and the sachets should be viable for up to 2 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 orange-red pear-shaped mite rather longer than its prey. It has longer front legs and a characteristic rapid movement when disturbed or exposed to bright light. The nymphs are oval and pale-pink in colour.