Thrips Pest Solution: Amblyseius cucumeris

Amblyseius Description

Amblyseius (Pronounced: AM-BLI-SAY-US) are small very active predatory mites, about 1mm long, pale brown in colour with slightly flattened pear shaped bodies, their eggs are white.

Amblyseius are used to control thrips by growers in commercial horticulture.

Amblyseius cucumeris Life Cycle

Amblyseius adults produce several eggs a day and are quite long lived. Both the adults and young mites eat thrips and may also eat young spider mites.

Amblyseius cucumeris Usage

  • Amblyseius requires a temperature of 18°C (64°F).
  • Amblyseius should be introduced to the greenhouse/conservatory on the day of receipt.
  • Amblyseius are sensitive to long hot dry spells, so damping down or misting can help at these times.
  • Amblyseius sachets should not be placed in direct sunlight or near to heating pipes.
  • Like all Defenders biological controls, Amblyseius is harmless to children, pets and wildlife and will not become a pest in its own right.

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