Thrips are a major pest in many crops. Western flower thrips is resistant to many insecticides and, in Europe, cucumeris has been an important tool in tackling this potentially devastating problem. Western flower thrips is best identified by a trained crop consultant. The adults are about 1.5 mm long, slightly orange in colour, with short wings (not as long as the body) and eight long, dark hairs protruding at front and back of the pronotum.
Cucumeris is a generalist predatory mite that has been used for the biological control of thrips for well over 20 years. It does prefer higher humidities so thick crops or those low to the ground provide the best environment for their successful deployment.
Cucumeris adults are very small not really getting any bigger than .5ml, they are a brown to reddish orange teardrop shaped with the adult females being plumb whereas the adult males tend to be almost flat in appearance. Juveniles and freshly hatched eggs are extremely small. Cucumeris are extremely active as temperatures start to rise. Cucumeris eggs hatch in about 3 days, and take somewhere in the order of 10 days to achieve adulthood during this period they are active feeders of thrips and spider mite eggs. Adults will live for about a month and lay approximately 34 eggs.
Each litre of Cucumeris contains 100,000 predators.
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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.