Bio Works

Bio Works is a company that produces predatory mites that you can introduce into your plants that will manage certain key pests that you have eating your plants including red spider mites.
Available to you are two species that are bred here in the insectary. Persimilis for spider mites or red spider mite and Hypoaspis a soil dwelling mite. Persimilis is very effective and managing spider mites and can only survive if you have spider mites on your plants.

Hypoaspis the soil/potting mix dwelling predatory is primarily used for fungas gnat control on indoor plants and biting midges {BanItch}. Hypoaspis is long lasting and will often only require one release per season. You can purchase our predatory mites online via the website and the predatory mites are sent to your address via Toll Priority Courier.

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Commercial Use

Bio Works has been breeding the predatory mite persimilis for 20 years and are the longest standing company in Australia to do so. We supply persimilis both on the leaf and extracted into vermiculuite and service a range of commercial crops across Australia. We offer expert over the phone advise and on the ground consultancy from Port Macquaire to Grafton. Bio Works also breed the predatory mites cucumeris and hypoaspis used for thrips and fungas gnat management. NEW TEXT HERE

How to get rid of spider mites during flowering?

If you need to get rid of spider mites during flowering you have a couple of options available to you, you can do a larger than normal release of persimilis to literally bomb the plants with a biological control carpet bomb or you can spray off the excess mites with an oil or Acramite if possible you can even carefully hose them off, then follow up with a release of persimilis. If you do find yourself needing to get rid of spider mites during flowering then your pest inspections earlier in the crop need to be more thorough every time you are working with your plants you should be checking for mites especially if you have a history of them in the location. Early release of persimilis for spidermites is the key to good success, this pest should be managed prior to flowering so as to avoid having to get rid of spider mites during flowering.

What is Bio Works

Bio Works is a company that breeds predatory mites that are used as a biological control of certain plant pests. We started out with spider mite control and now we can help with thrips, fungas gnat, reptile enclosure mite control and BanItch for midge control.

We service both commercial and domestic situations and offer a wealth of knowledge to help you solve your plant pest problems. With over 25 years hands on experience breeding predatory mites selling across Australia we can offer you premium quality products backed up by an easy and approachable friendly service.

How It Works

Bio Works products use an ancient method of pest management by taking advantage of predatory mite species that actively hunt down and eat spider mites, thrips and soil dwelling pests that take a liking to eating your plants or reptile pets.

Known commonly as biological control some accomplished horticultural producers have been using this method in an Integrated Pest Management program for decades. The ancient Chinese used to employ the help of natural predators and parasites in their citrus orchards.

Here at Bio Works we breed three different species of predatory mites so that you too can utilise this very effective pest management tool yourself should you be suffering from thrips, spider mites or a soil/media infestations of fungas gnats, root aphids and root mealy bug. It is completely safe and environmentally friendly.

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The predatory mites are very easy to apply and get to work immediately at eating the pests eating your plants. Early detection is the key to fast effective biological pest management. It is a numbers game, so if you have lots of pest mites for instance you will require more spider mite predators known as persimilis to eat through your population of pests in a timely fashion before too much damage is inflicted upon your plants.

If you are having issues with pests on your plants check out our products in the shop section of the website and get some proven ancient pest management techniques working for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Spider mites generally start on the undersides of the older leaves, initially damage is a pin prick sized white dots, as the infestation develops these dots will proliferate into a mottled appearance ending in complete whitening of the leaves and webbing is seen with thousands of mites visible.

Generally a 4000 pack is enough to treat a small garden/courtyard or indoor plants. If you have a large infestation or garden, then a larger pack would probably be advised the more you deploy the faster the result.

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Orders received Monday through to Wednesday will generally be sent same day if received before 12:30. Due to the short shelf life Orders received after 12:30 pm Wednesday will be sent the following week to avoid weekends.

A slight drizzle is okay for release however if heavy rain is forecast it is best to avoid these periods.

Persimilis will leave the area in search of more spider mites and Hypoaspis are able to maintain small populations that are generally enough to prevent re infestation by alternative feeding on algae and fungi found within the growing media.

If you need to get rid of spider mites during flowering you have a couple of options available to you, you can do a larger than normal release of persimilis to literally bomb the plants with a biological control carpet bomb or you can spray off the excess mites with an oil or Acramite if possible you can even carefully hose them off, then follow up with a release of persimilis. If you do find yourself needing to get rid of spider mites during flowering then your pest inspections earlier in the crop need to be more thorough every time you are working with your plants you should be checking for mites especially if you have a history of them in the location. Early release of persimilis for spidermites is the key to good success, this pest should be managed prior to flowering so as to avoid having to get rid of spider mites during flowering.

Effective biting pest management

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BanItch is the use of soil dwelling predatory mites that are used to treat the eggs and larval stages of biting midges or sandflies. It is a property management tool that helps in significantly reducing the number of these nuisance biting pests in your gardens and lawns. If biting midges or sandflies are a problem for you head over to our dedicated BanItch section.

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