Assassin Bugs, Zelus renardii are hardworking ambush predators that are an excellent addition to any growing area – large or small. They feast on a variety of small to medium sized pests and stay put in order to help knock down infestations. They are poor fliers, but move fast when disturbed.
Their life span is approximately 2 months so you can expect ongoing relief from pest infestations in the area of release. It may take a week to 10 days for eggs to hatch and they will begin to eat immediately after hatching. When they reach the second instar phase of their life cycle, they produce a resin on their legs. The resin is very sticky and the Zelus becomes an effective sticky trap for pests as they move around.
They capture and kill prey by piercing with their rostrum and injecting a digestive enzyme. Death is rapid for the prey. This method of predation allows for Zelus to kill prey that is much larger than they are. These generalists kill and eat a wide variety of small to medium sized insect; they are voracious and very efficient in gardens, fields, orchards and greenhouses.
The Assassin Bug should not be used alone for infestations of spider mites. They are excellent when used in combination with other mite predators.
We would love to speak with you about the optimal combinations for your growing site, please call us at 1-800-827-2847 for a personalized program.
This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: Soft-bodied pests including: leafhoppers, aphids, 1st and 2nd in-star caterpillars, mealybug, thrips, whitefly. Some control of squash bugs.
Egg clusters are distributed throughout wood shavings. After the eggs arrive, hold at room temperature until the juvenile Assassin Bugs hatch, which can take up to 7-10 days. They will look like tiny spiders. Once they've begun emerging, you can release them in your area. Remove lid and sprinkle the juveniles AND wood shavings evenly throughout your growing area.
Use 500 eggs in a 2,000-3,000 foot area every 2-3 weeks. Release as a preventative or at the first sight of an infestation.
For heavy infestations, release 500-1,000 eggs weekly for every 2,000 square feet of area.
For large areas, release 5,000-10,000 eggs per acre every other week.
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