(“Triple Threat”: Phytoseiulus persimilis, Neoseiulus californicus, & Mesoseiulus longipes)

Most Effective Control: Triple Threat!

   Use our mix of all 3 species to cover a wider range of growing conditions.

   Wide Temp Range, Moderate Humidity:
   Phytoseiulus persimilis
      Temperature Range: 55 – 105+ F.
      Humidity Range: 55 – 90%

Phytoseiulus is a genus of mites in the Phytoseiidae family.[1] A predatory mite, this is the mite predator most frequently used to control two-spotted spider mites in greenhouses and outdoor crops grown in mild environments. This mite was accidentally introduced into Germany from Chile in 1958; it was subsequently shipped to other parts of the world, including California and Florida, from Germany. A Phytoseiulus mite can consume up to seven adult spider mites or several dozen of their eggs in a day. Adult females are reddish, pear-shaped, about 0.5 mm long, and active at room temperature. Immatures and males are smaller and lighter in color. Eggs are oblong. About 80% are females. At optimum temperatures, Phytoseiidae can develop from egg to adult in 7 days and live up to a month. A well-fed female lays about 50 eggs in her lifetime.

   Moderate Temp Range, High Humidity:
   Neoseiulus californicus
      Temperature Range: 55 – 90 F.
      Humidity Range: 60 – 90%

Neoseiulus californicus is a predatory mite that feeds on Tetranychid mites. This species was first described on lemons from California under the name Typhlodromus californicus in 1954.[1]

The mite 0.04 mm long is pinkish red to pale white color with six legs. Males are smaller than females. The larvae are translucent. Females lay 2-4 eggs a day. Eggs take 1.5–4 days to hatch depending on temperatures.

   Widest Humidity and Temp Range:
   Mesoseiulus longipes
      Temperature Range: 55 – 105+ F.
      Humidity Range: 45 – 90%

   All three types can be used either separately or in any combination. If you don’t specify, we’ll send you our Triple Threat mix of all three.

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