Neoseiulus californicus is a predatory mite used to control spider mite and broad mite species in ornamental, fruit, vegetable and cannabis crops. It also considered a generalist and can attack thrips and other invertebrates.
The adult is pear-shapped with long legs and measures 0.5 mm. N. californicus adult is translucent orange-beige and look like Neoseiulus fallacis. The eggs are round, transparent and measure 0.05 mm in diameter. Nymphs (juvenile stage) look like adults except that they are smaller.
N. californicus develops faster when consuming the two-spotted spider mite. it can also eat pollen, thrips and other small insects, but its reproduction will be slowed down with this diet. This predatory mite is particularly voracious and can attack other biological control agents such as Neoseiulus cucumeris or Phytoseiulus persimilis nymphs and eggs.
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Slow release sachet
N.californicus can be introduced in the form of slow release sachet (preventive) or in bulk (curative and hot spot). The use of this predator is recommended when the temperature exceeds 25 °C and low humidity. This predatory mite can be release in outside crops like fruits and Cannabis.
In the case of two-spotted spider mite severe infestation (presence of web), introduce the predatory specialist mite Phytoseiulus persimilis directly in outbreaks if your environmental conditions allow.
|Preventive||1 sachet||per m2||4 to 6 semaines||continuously|
|Curative||20||per m2||14-21 days||As needed|
|Hot spot||100||per m2||7 days||As needed|
A good greenhouse monitoring takes 45 minutes/acre and saves money during the season.