The glasshouse spider mite or two spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae is a common pest of protected crops with adult females laying up to 120 eggs in 3 weeks. Motile stages suck the contents out of plant cells and produce characteristic leaf damage of white or silvery speckled patches. Almost all protected crops and soft fruit are vulnerable to infestation.
Activity / Control
Tetranychus spp. (two spotted spider mite). Predator actively hunts and attacks all stages of mites.
Can be used on protected edible and ornamental crops as well as outdoor soft fruit. Cannot establish in the absence of spider mites (Tetranychus spp.) and performs best in warm, relatively humid conditions but may fail in hot, dry conditions.
The 10, 000 bottle is best used when seeking curative control. Preventative / first introductions: 5 to 10 mites per m2. Low level curative: 20 mites per m2. Curative: up to 50 mites per m2. Introductions: repeat / fortnightly dependent on monitoring and conditions.
Small orange/red predatory mite, has been used for over 45 years, actively hunting and attacking all stages of mites.
Cannot establish in the absence of spider mites (Tetranychus spp.) and performs best in warm, relatively humid conditions but may fail in hot, dry conditions.