Amblyseius swirskii can help to control thrip larvae, and some spider mites and whiteflies. A. swirskii are not picky eaters and they can consume pollen if food is scarce. They do better in warm temperature than some of the other beneficial bugs and do not experience diapause. These tiny multi-taskers undergo rapid development.
Dosage - The information given here is a general guideline. Release rates can be affected by the stage/size of the cannabis plant, climate conditions, and level of infestation.
Bulk material products - For preventative applications apply 50 A. swirskii per ft² directly onto the leaves. If any thrips or whiteflies are detected increase the dosage to 100 predatory mites per ft² applied directly to infected areas. For hotspot treatments use 200-600 mites per ft², always in combination with other beneficials such as Orius Insidious. If your plants are in flower, we recommend using beneficial release boxes to keep the carrier materials from sticking to the flower sites.
Breeding Sachets - For preventative applications use 1 sachet for every 5 square feet, repeating releases every 3-4 weeks to maintain a continuous population of A. swirskii. For infestations apply a minimum of 1 sachet per plant, repeating releases every three weeks.
Bulk Materials - 25,000 predatory mites are packaged in a 500ml cardboard sprinkler tube with a vermiculite and bran carrier. With an easy-to-use dosage lid the mites are distributed on the vegetative leaves by turning the lid to open and gently shaking the product onto the leaves. For plants in flower use distribution boxes, hung evenly through the canopy out of direct light.
Bulk product can also be purchased in a larger 5L bucket containing 125,000 bugs count with a vermiculite and bran carrier. To distribute this larger amount, broadcast bulk material over canopy of vegetative plants to be protected or treated.
We recommend the use of beneficial distribution boxes to put the carrier material in, if your plants are in flower.
Breeding Sachets - Your sachets will arrive in a cardboard box. Open with care as you will not want to damage the paper sachets inside. Breeding sachets are available in 100 and 500 count boxes. The sachet packaging has a built in hook for easy implementation in to your crop. Do not widen or make the hole in the sachet any larger. The opening on the package is engineered to the perfect size for optimal breeding conditions inside the sachet. Hang sachets from plant by hook near top of plant.
We recommend that A. swirskii are released upon receipt.
If immediate release is not possible, store in a dark, well ventilated area at 15°c and 75-85% relative humidity for up to 5 days. Lower temperatures can negatively impact A. swirskii population.
Feed A. swirskii with nutrimite for increased reproduction.