Neoseiulus (= Amblyseius) californicus

Mite Predator

This mite predator survives low spider mite densities by feeding on pollen and other small arthropods. Survives a wide range of temperatures and can tolerate lower humidity (40%RH).
Ships Monday-Thursday via Overnight methods. There is a processing time for this beneficial. See Shipping Info for details or call us at 1-800-827-2847. For Delivery Only. Not available in store.
  • 1,000
    SKU: 1151201
  • $35.00
  • 2,000
    SKU: 1151208
  • $43.00
  • 5,000
    SKU: 1151209
  • $65.50
  • 10,000
    SKU: 1151210
  • $106.00
  • 25,000
    SKU: 1151212
  • $125.00
  • 25,000 in 200 Mini-Sachets
    SKU: 1151215
  • $162.00
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SHIPS VIA OVERNIGHT METHODS ONLY. SHIPS MONDAY-THURSDAY. THERE IS A PROCESSING TIME FOR THIS BENEFICIAL. SEE SHIPPING INFO FOR DETAILS OR CALL US AT 1-800-827-2847 FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS. FOR DELIVERY ONLY. NOT AVAILABLE IN STORE.

Preferred food: Two-spotted spider mites and many others. Predators will consume egg, nymph and adult stages of pest mites.

Neoseiulus (= Amblyseius) californicus is an oblong, tiny predatory mite that feeds on a variety of prey and is useful in prevention, control and management of infestations of various Spider Mite species. It can also be used as a preventative control of Broad Mites, Cyclamen Mites, and some Russet Mite species. Since they are slower feeders than other mite predators, N. californicus should be used in conjunction with other suitable beneficial insects in the presence of large pest populations.

N. californicus mite predators are pear-shaped relative to pest mites and have a creamy color (less translucent than pest mites). Their slow feeding habits make them effective against low mite populations and when used preventatively. N. californicus are known to be effective on the west coast and in the southeastern United States due to suitable temperature and humidity levels in those regions. Use on crops including: cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, tropical foliage plants, and greenhouse roses. Suitable environments for release are gardens, grow rooms, fields, orchards and greenhouses.

Optimum Conditions: 50-105°F, 40-60% RH

Significantly cooler and warmer temperatures will slow and/or inhibit reproduction and development. Higher humidity is generally necessary with higher temperatures; however, N. californicus can persist in low humidity environments with limited food sources. Each adult will eat around 5 pest mites per day. The slower pace that these predatory mites feed at allows them to survive longer under starvation conditions. A full life cycle for N. californicus lasts between one to two weeks and is significantly influenced by temperature.

Release rates: Crop specific release rates can be found under the Instructions tab.

  • 1-4 mites per plant (roughly 1,000-4,000 per 1,000 square feet) or 1-2 per square foot in greenhouses, biweekly, 2-3 times
  • 5,000-20,000 per acre depending on infestation levels, biweekly, 2-3 times
  • Mini-Sachets - 1-2 sachets per plant depending on infestation levels. Repeat applications every 4 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: All Mite Predators require additional processing time due to rearing and collection times. Additional information can be found on the Shipping Tab to identify the earliest shipment date. If you have questions about shipment dates, orders can be placed with our sales representatives at 1-800-827-2847.

This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases:
This product works as a beneficial insect for control of the following: Brown Almond Mite (Bryobia rubrioculus), Spider Mite (Mult), Two-Spotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae), Cyclamen Mite (Phytonemus pallidus), Broad Mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus), Russet Mites

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