Bioforce Mite-A for Thrips Control - Seacliff Organics Living Soil Amendments New Zealand

Bioforce - Mite-A™ for Thrips Control (Drop-Shipped - There may be delays)

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$11.50

Important shipping information & potential delays:
This product is drop-shipped by the manufacturer Bioforce to ensure your living organisms are received in the best possible condition, but PLEASE NOTE: You will likely experience delays in receiving your products. See below product description for more details.

Mite-A™ for Thrips Control

Mite-A™ is a highly active predator of thrips, especially onion thrips, Thrips tabaci, Western flower trips, Frankliniella occidentalis, New Zealand flower thrips, Thrips obscuratus and other thrips species. Mite-A™will also eat two spotted spider mite and other mite species, including broad mites.

Mite-A™ is known to be useful on greenhouse crops such as cucumber, capsicums and ornamental plants as part of an integrated pest management programme. Used primarily for controlling thrips, this species can also be used to control broad mites, cyclamen mites, European red mites and citrus red mites, although higher release rates are required.

Not 100% compatible with Mite-E™, and may inhibit Mite-E™ from effectively reducing spider mite populations when used in high concentrations.

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 two-spotted 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.

Application Rate:

Optimum conditions for Mite-A™are warm (20-25 °C), semi-shaded conditions with relative humidity greater than 65%. Plants planted close together or with dense foliage provide these conditions.

BEST USED FOR THE PREVENTION OF THRIPS
Broadcast application
  • Outdoor crops
    • Minimum of 25 ml mite mixture per m2 sprinkled carefully on the leaves of the crop.
  • Greenhouse/Indoor crops
    • Application of 1 litre mite mix per 50-100 m2, sprinkled carefully on the leaves of the crop.
    • A repeat application 2 weeks later is recommended to ensure establishment
    • High value or thrips susceptible crops benefit from weekly or fortnightly applications
    • Can provide some protection from two spotted mites (TSM) when TSM densities are low
    • To control broad mites and cyclamen mites (Steneotarsonemus pallidus) on strawberries, it is recommended to apply at least 1 Mite-A™ per 10 pest mites, around 1 litre per 25-50m2

Handling:

Mite-A™ is dispatched via courier and should reach you within 1 to 2 days.

Once received:

  • Do not expose to direct sunlight
  • Keep in darkness and in a cool environment – ideal temperature 10-15 ° C.
  • DO NOT REFRIGERATE
  • Apply to the crop as soon as possible, ideally within 1-2 days

Post Release:

Mite-A™ disperse rapidly on release and aggregate on high-density patches of thrips larvae.

An immediate effect on thrips populations is usually not observed, as feeding by the predator is mostly restricted to early immature stages of thrips.

Thrips populations should be closely monitored to determine whether additional Mite-A™ need to be released, or a selective chemical application is needed to reduce adult thrips number.

Before introducing Mite-A™ into your crop please check residual chemical affects and ensure you know chemical compatibilities of products that may be applied.

Important Shipping Information & Delays:

This product is drop-shipped by the manufacturer to ensure you receive the highest quality biological agents in the best possible condition and is therefore not available for local pick up.

Also, due to huge demand for biological control throughout the peak seasons, there is currently a back log of orders and there will most likely be a delay in the Bioforce team shipping your order around these peak times, so PLEASE NOTE: Bioforce orders could be delayed for 2 weeks or more.

Please contact store@seaclifforganics.nz if you have any further queries.