Amblyseius cucumeris

Thrips Predator

Prevent Thrips From Becoming Established With This Excellent Predator.
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  • 50,000 in Bran/Vermiculite Mix
    SKU: 1152204
  • $38.50
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    SKU: 1152224
  • $40.00
  • 100,000 in Bran
    SKU: 1152205
  • $55.00
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    SKU: 1152206
  • $100.00
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    SKU: 1152223
  • $112.00
  • 125,000 in 500 Mini-Sachets on Sticks
    SKU: 1152225
  • $80.00
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    SKU: 1152221
  • $65.00
  • 200,000 in 200 Sachets w/ Hooks
    SKU: 1152201
  • $75.00
  • 250,000 in 1,000 Mini-Sachets w/ Hooks
    SKU: 1152222
  • $120.00
  • 250,000 in 1,000 Mini-Sachets on Sticks
    SKU: 1152226
  • $135.00
  • 500,000 in 2,000 Mini-Sachets on Sticks
    SKU: 1152227
  • $245.00
  • 1.6 Million in 6 x 525 ft Sachet Strips
    SKU: 1152220
  • $600.00
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Preferred food: These predatory mites prefer Greenhouse and Western Flower Thrips adults. They will also eat various mite species and pollen. Use A. cucumeris with A. andersoni or P. persimilis when controlling mite populations.

Biology & Behavior: Primarily thrips predators, Amblyseius cucumeris is a tan colored predatory mite, approximately 0.5 mm long. Eggs hatch into larvae that molt into nymphs approximately 2 days after being laid. During the next 7-10 days, the nymphs feed on thrips. Once they mature, the adult thrips predators consume one thrip per day. Adults live up to 30 days with females laying up to 35 eggs during that time. A. cucumeris can be found on the underside of the leaves or inside the flowers. The mites feed on pollen as well, so a supplement of ARBICO Good Bug Power Meal will help ensure that your thrips predators stay where they're needed. Cover cropping and intercropping can provide alternative habitat in the absence of other food sources in the crops where being grown.

Release Rates & Recommendations: Release the mites when thrips populations are low (monitor with with sticky blue or yellow traps), and allow several weeks for results. Ideal conditions are 68-77°F and a relative humidity of 65-70%. Moisture and humidity help increase hatch rates; however, sachets should be kept dry when applying. A. cucumeris should be used preventively, not to treat an established thrips or mite populations. When controlling established thrips populations, consider using Minute Pirate Bugs to gain control and A. cucumeris to maintain control. Do not use with A. swirskii. Some crops, including tomatoes & other highly resinous crops, require higher release rates.

Preventive Release Rates - Make initial releases before thrips issues develop to allow A. cucumeris to establish. This can take 4-8 weeks.

  • Shaker Tubes in Vermiculite/Bran: 10-20 mites per sq. ft. or 100-200 per square meter. Make weekly broadcast applications.
  • Mini-Sachets/Sachets on Sticks: Apply one sachet per propagation tray or plant. Repeat applications every 4 weeks.

Spot Treatment Release Rates (Acute Treatment) - Use when isolated areas of pest pressure are present.

  • Shaker Tubes in Vermiculite/Bran: Apply 20-40 mites per sq. ft. (100-400 per square meter). Reapply weekly in broadcast applications until pest issues have subsided.

This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: Bean Thrips (Caliothrips fasciatus), Broad Mites, Russet Mites, Spider Mites, Thrips (Franklinothrips sp), Western Flower Thrips


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