Phytoseiid predatory mite. The first predatory mite observed to feed on thrips. Like most Amblyseius spp., A. cucumeris are generalist predators. Nymphal and adult life stages are predatory. Cucumeris feed on the 1st larval life stage of thrips and must be combined with a soil BCA (Biological Control Agent) targeting the pupal life stage for long-term control. Cucumeris can feed on pollen as well as plant pests.
Available in bulk shaker tubes or slow-release breeder sachets.
Do not cold store predatory mites for more than 8 hours. Keep in moderate humidity between 55- 65ºF until ready to release.
DO NOT STORE SACHETS IN A REFRIGERATOR, AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM, OR COOLER! These conditions will dry out the sachets and ruin them.
Bulk Material (tubes)
Release bulk mites in the early or late hours of the day of receipt. If this is not possible, avoid hot/dry times of day for release. After receiving the products, place the tubes or bags on a shelf horizontally until the time to release, allowing the mites to disperse themselves more evenly in the containers. Hold the tube or bag horizontally and gently rotate to ensure the mites distribute evenly when ready to release. Next, unscrew the top, remove the filter paper, and place the lid back on if released from the tube. Gently tap the mites out of the bottle evenly onto the foliage of the plants in the area to be treated. You can also use a whirlybird-type spreader to speed up the process and widen the release area.
Many growers now use modified leaf-blowers to broadcast the mites. You can also use URBs (Universal Release Boxes). Hang URBs from the plant and scoop a small amount of product into each box. Concentrate the bulk of the product at release points on or near the most heavily infested plants. Leave the tube, with the cap removed, in the treatment area 24 hours after release to ensure all mites have exited.
If released from a bag, the process is the same. Open the bag at the seal and sprinkle out the contents evenly onto the plant foliage or into URBs using the dispensing scoop or disperse using a spreader or leaf-blower. Leave the open bag in the crop for 24 hours to ensure all mites are gone.
Sachets on a Stick
Use sachets on a stick for plants in propagation or those too small to support sachets on a hook. For trays or liners, put one sachet on a stick in the middle of each one. You can likely use one sachet for every other tray/liner if they’re touching. Consult your IPM Specialist for specific instructions. For pots and baskets, place the sachet in the center, next to the plant, so the plant grows around the sachet. Be careful not to let the bottom of the sachet touch the soil since this can cause the sachet to wick moisture.
Sachets on a Hook
For larger plants, use a sachet on a hook and hang it on the plant itself close to the stem. Do not lay them flat on the soil since the sachet will likely grow mold underneath it, especially if the plant is top-watered. If the plant is very tall or wide, it may require more than one sachet per plant for adequate control.
Check plants for decreasing populations of thrips larvae. Scouting for predatory mite adults can be difficult or impossible in many crops. Most predatory mites lay distinct eggs from pest mites which can help, but the most effective scouting method is to look for decreased pest pressure after releases. Predatory mites are fast-moving and usually not found in large numbers in the same area as pest mites. They often hide in the foliage and ambush their prey but occasionally traverse the upper leaf surfaces.
Humidity: Sachets should not be allowed to dry up entirely, and direct sunlight should be avoided. Prolonged moisture and damp environments can cause sachets to degrade or encourage fungal growth.
When you receive a sachet from Beneficial Insectary, they are filled with beneficial predatory and feeder mites. These allow for slow, constant releases of predatory mites over an extended period.
These sachets will last up to 5 weeks. Week numbers are printed on the back of each sachet. If your sachet is less than five weeks old, all you do is leave them in the plant. Sachets are water-resistant.
The mites reproduce inside and exit from a tiny hole in each sachet.
Sachets older than 5-weeks from today’s week can be checked for predatory mite activity but should be replaced even if observed. Sachets older than 5-weeks from today’s week can be discarded or left in the crop if removal is difficult.
Live-Product: Beneficial Insectary strives to guarantee the live delivery of the freshest organisms to our customers. We offer replacements or credits for any compromised shipments to our customers that report any issues or concerns within 24 hours. These issues or concerns must be relayed before releasing any organisms that are suspected of having viability issues. Please do not discard the product. You may be requested to return the shipment for further analysis.
Establishment of BCAs in Crop Settings: Many variables can negatively or positively impact BCA and pest populations in various crops we work with (pesticide applications, watering practices, improper storage methods, cultural/physical/mechanical controls, etc.). Some beneficial organisms require a steady pest presence as a food source to build their population. Others may require alternate food sources, such as pollen or nectar as an example. While other BCAs have specific photoperiod requirements for success. Due to these variables, we cannot guarantee the long- or short-term establishment of the BCAs we sell after the release of the organism(s). We will not offer refunds, discounts, or other credits on products that have already been released. Please adhere to our “Live-Product” disclosure.