5-10 per sq. ft, repeat weekly or bi-weekly as needed.
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CUCUSACHET-1K - 1,000 predators in a Hanging Slow Release Sachet Bag
CUCU-50K - 50,000 Count Bottle
CUCU-250K - 250,000 Count Bulk Bag
Best known for its control of immature Western Flower Thrips, Onion Thrips, Bean Thrips, and other Thrip species.
These cost effective predators also work well to control:Two-Spotted Spider Mites, Cyclamen Mites, Broad Mites, Rust Mites, Bamboo Mites, Strawberry Mite, Whitefly, Pysillids and Aphids.
Cucumeris is a species of predatory mite that feeds on immature stages of thrips. It also feeds on pollen, two spotted mites and other species of mites. Cucumeris adults are pear-shaped, tan colored mites, less than 0.5mm (1/50 inch) long. When these pests aren't around A. cucumeris survive by eating pollen.
About 60% are female. Well-fed females will lay up to 3 eggs per day for 35 days. Their eggs are tiny .01 round, transparent and usually deposited on the bottom of leaves. Cucumeris are shipped as adults, immatures and eggs. They are available in two types of packaging:
Bulk bottles - containing 50,000 live adult predators. Works best if a Thrip infestation already exists.
To release: open the lid and shake the contents onto leaves or at the base of plant stems. Upon receipt allow A.cucumeris to warm to room temperatures. Predatory mites should be seen on the underside of the lids. Works best if a Thrip Infestation does not already exist or the infestation is light. Great Preventative care.
Slow release hanging sachets bags - containing approximately 1,000 A.cucumeris predatory mites and a food source. The bags are designed to be breeding habitats and are hung on plants. Over four weeks, each bag can produce over 1,000 predators.
Slow release hanging sachets are a Great option for preventative maintenance to guard against Mites or Thrips. Simply hang every 4 weeks and these hatching bags will breed your own natural enemies.
Lifespan of Cucumeris:
A complete life cycle takes 10-12 days. They feed 7 days before becoming adults. Adults live for up to 30 days.
For a more complete Natural and Organic control of Thrip use Cucumeris alongside predators; Orius (pirate bug), Hypoaspis and Beneficial Nematode - Steinernema feltiae
For a more complete Natural and Organic control of Spider Mites, Russet Mites, Rust Mites, Two-Spotted Spider Mites, Cyclamen mites use Cucumeris alongside predators: Special Blend Predatory Mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis, Amblyseius andersoni, Neoseiulus fallacis, Amblyseius swirskii and Stethorus punctillum.