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Mite-A™ is a small, highly active predatory mite and is pale in colour. Adult females are approximately 1.25 mm long.
Mite-A™ feeds on the early larval stages of thrips, consuming 1-3 thrips per day depending on temperature and humidity. This reduces the number of thrips in the crop slowly, and so an immediate reduction in adult numbers may not be apparent.
Mite-A™ also feeds on other mites, such as mould mites, and on the eggs and early stages of twospotted spider mite. It can be used as a preventative measure for spider mites.
Mite-A™ can use pollen as a food source which helps it survive under low prey conditions. Capsicums and other crops provide a ready pollen source, but if pollen is too plentiful, this can reduce the effectiveness this predator.
Mite-A™ is not considered harmful to humans and animals, and no environmental impacts are expected.
Mite-A™ can sometimes cause compatibility issues with Mite-E™ spider mite control, however this is generally only the case when Mite-A™ populations are very high.
Please seek the assistance of a crop scout or phone or email us directly for guidance. The advice above is indicative only, and more specific advice may be beneficial.
Because thrips breed very quickly, while Orius doesn't, it is recommended that Orius is released at the first sign of thrips damage in a preventative manner, allowing Orius to establish and breed on the crop prior to thrips build up.
Orius is best suited to crops that are producing pollen as an alternative food source, and will establish more readily. Repeat applications of Orius may be necessary to establish them on crops without available pollen.
Orius is best suited to temperatures between 20°C and 30°C, and sustained temperatures over 30°C may reduce the effectiveness of this predator.