A. swirskii are primarily thrips and whitefly predators, but are commonly used for control of various mite species. Release instructions can be found below. If you are a first time user of A. swirskii mite predators, please call Arbico at 1-800-827-2847 to walk through application instructions and best practices.
Make sure the crop and floor are dry when applying. If crop and/or floor are wet, water can enter the packaging and result in some predatory mites being lost.
Mini-Sachets on Sticks: Place sachets on sticks at time of planting and upon transplanting into pots. If you are using them in continued propagation, apply every 4 weeks.
Mini-Sachets with Hooks: Open the shipping box of the sachets in the crop. Separate sachets by tearing along perforations. Do not hang where sachets will be directly exposed to intense sunlight. Hang inside plant canopy where possible. Mites emerge from sachets for 4-6 weeks.
- Mini-sachets have attached hooks and can be hung where needed.
6 x 328 ft Sachet Strips: Designed to be hung along plant rows or throughout densely planted crops to reduce manual labor on growers. Hang similarly to the mini-sachets within the crop canopy where possible. Ideal for crops being watered by overhead irrigationbecause water runs off the outer surface. Emergence holes stay dry to ensure continued viability.
Shaker Tube: Shake small quantities of predatory mites onto crop where pest pressure is heaviest. Immediately before opening, gently rotate the container to distribute mites evenly throughout the carrier material and continue rotating during application, keeping material mixed.
5 Liter Bag: Apply evenly throughout the crop. Apply to foliage, not to media.
Storage: Keep out of direct sunlight and store in a cool place, but do not refrigerate.
Viability Note: If you plan to check for viability, please do so upon receipt and prior to releasing the beneficial insects. Many predators and parasites are small and can be difficult to spot once released.