Spider mites and Russet mites – 5P368 – Amblyseius andersoni
Amblyseius andersoni is a predatory mite that can be used in the control of a range of mite pests. This predatory mite is ideal for vegetables, hardy ornamentals and fruit crops, controlling red or two-spotted spider mite, fruit-tree red spider mite, and russet mites.
Adult female mites lay single eggs onto leaf hairs, and these eggs hatch after 2-3 days to give larvae. As with other mites in the same family, these moult to produce protonymphs and then deutonymphs as they grow. All
mobile stages are predatory, and will feed on eggs, juveniles and adults of spider mites. They are also able to feed on Eriophyid mites, commonly known as Rust or Russet Mites, which are tiny, worm like mites which can cause major damage on some crops
Release rates at a typical value of about 50 – 100 / m2 (5 – 10 sq ft).
In nursery & greenhouse crops, predators are often released every 2-4 weeks.
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