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.
Assassin Bugs 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.
Assassin Bugs 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.
General Releases: Remove cardstock from container and hang or place within foliage in heavily infested areas. Release preventatively or at the first sign of an infestation. Eggs usually hatch within on week of receipt.
Row Crop Releases: Hang cardstock on both ends of each row and one in the center of each row.
Heavy Infestations: Release 500-1,000 eggs weekly in no more than 2,000 square feet. Release 5,000-10,000 eggs per acre every other week.
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