Phytoseiulus persimilis

Phytoseiulus persimilis predatory mite


Phytoseiulus persimilis is a specialist predatory mite used to suppress two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) and bean red spider mite (Tetranychus ludeni) in fruit, ornamental and market garden crops. Adult and immature Phytoseiulus persimilis feed on pest eggs, juveniles and adults. This predatory mite is one of the oldest biological control agents, first used commercially in 1930.

Adults are pear-shaped, 0.5 mm long, with long legs. Their orange colour makes them easy to scout. The immature stages are generally a semi-transparent orange. The eggs are oval and 0.33 mm in diameter (double the size of a two-spotted spider mite egg). Persimilis is highly mobile compared to two-spotted spider mites.

Persimilis is almost entirely dependent on spider mites as food. Once their prey is depleted, predatory mite populations will decline in numbers. Persimilis can be used on a broad range of crops, both outdoors and in protected cropping situations. The predatory mite Neoseiulus fallacis and the predatory beetle Stethorus punctillum can be used with it for better control during the season.


This product can be purchased on our online store for producers under 2000 ft2 or residential. For a commercial purchase (2000 pi 2 and more), contact us.

Targeted crops

  • Small fruits (strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
  • Fruit trees (orchard)
  • Ornamental plants
  • Vegetable crops (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
  • Hop
  • Cannabis

Targeted pests

  • Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)
  • Bean red spider mite< (Tetranychus ludeni)

Life cycle

  • The Phytoseiulus persimilis life cycle is 5 days at 25 °C, or 25 days at 15 °C.
  • Optimal conditions are temperatures between 20 °C and 27 °C, with over 60% relative humidity.
  • Une femelle pond 2-3 oeufs par jour, pour un total de 60 oeufs.
  • Adults live more than 35 days.
  • Phytoseiulus persimilis consumes 5 to 30 prey (eggs or mites) per day.
  • Does not enter into diapause.



  • AB005 - Phytoseiulus persimilis - 1 000 adults on vermiculite (110 ml)
  • AB006 - Phytoseiulus persimilis - 2 000 adults on vermiculite (150 ml)
  • AB007 - Phytoseiulus persimilis - 2 000 adults on vermiculite (60 ml)
  • AB0031 - Phytoseiulus persimilis - 10 000 adults on vermiculite

Introduction rate

Phytoseiulus persimilis
Introduction Quantity Surface Frequency Duration
Curative light 5 per m2 weekly as needed
Hot spot 100 per m2 weekly as needed

Product data sheet(s)

Fiche signalitique
Phytoseiulus persimilis

Additional information

  1.   - Persimilis Technical Manual (Applied Bio-nomics Ltd., 2018)
  2.   - Phytoseiulus persimilis (Applied Bio-nomics Ltd., 2015)
  3.   - Mite Pests in Greenhouse Crops: Description, Biology and Management (OMAFRA, 2014)
  4.   - Managing spider mite menace (Greenhouse Canada, 2008)
  5.   - Stop Those Pesky Spider Mites (Greenhouse Canada, 2017)
  6.   - Greenhouse Grower Notes: Sizing up predatory mites (Greenhouse Canada, 2008)
  7.   - Biological control of twospotted spider mites, Tetranychus urticae Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae), using Phytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot (Acari: Phytoseidae) on ivy geranium: assessment of predator release ratios (Biological Control, 2004)

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