At all times, please remember predatory mites are only little and easily damaged or squashed so please be careful.
Hypoaspis come in a potting mix type media, release is as easy as putting between a level teaspoon and a dessert spoon of the media into each pot or every step in a vegie patch or garden.
The amount used will depend upon level of infestation size of pot and temperature of soil. Start with the area of highest infestation. Then spread evenly throughout the affected area. If using Hypoaspis in potted plants make sure all pots get treated.
If you have any left over treat the surrounding area, to help reduce pressure. Especially in the case of fungus gnat’s this can be very beneficial.
Cucumeris is supplied in vermiculite at the rate of 100K per litre.
Gently roll the container prior to release to help spread the cucumeris around the jar. Break the paper lining under the pour hole to allow cucumeris to be poured out. The cucumeris should be be sprinkled over the leaf surface of target plants. When treating Broad Mite ensure cucumeris is sprinkled onto Broad mite affected tip/top leaves.
PenPals mites come in a coco peat / vermiculite mixture. They are easily dispersed by spreading the media evenly in and around the henhouse.
It is a good idea to treat the surrounding area when releasing predatory insects. Especially if you have some left over as they do not keep in the bucket and it can help to lower the local population that my be building up un-noticed.
• Turn bucket upside down for 2 minutes to allow persimilis to crawl away from lid.
• Open bucket near plants that are suffering from spider mites. You should be able to see the red persimilis running around the inside of the bucket and on the tissue and paper towel.
• Place tissue and paper towel into spider mite affected plants, allowing the persimilis on them, to run off into the plants.
• Blow off any persimilis that are collecting on rim of bucket onto plants.
• Familiarise yourself with what the persimilis look like so as that you can keep an eye out for them establishing in the coming weeks. A 10 times magnification hand lens really helps.
• Remove the bean leaves from the bucket one by one and hang in the affected plants the persimilis predatory mite will then move from the leaves onto your plants.
• Put more leaves on plants with a heavier infestation of spider mites.
• If you have left over leaves go back over the release area and put more on worse affected plants and hotter areas.
• There is no shelf life all bean leaves should be used ASAP.
• Do not remove leaves for 2-3 days allowing persimilis eggs to hatch and slower moving juvenile persimilis a chance to get off the leaf.
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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.