Phytoseiulus persimilis is a predatory mite used to kill two spotted mite (Tetranychus urticae) often known as red spider mite. It is used to tackle severe infestations and treat spider mite hotspots.
Phytoseiulus predatory mites are the most commonly used form of biological pest control against red spider mite / two spotted mite in greenhouses and protected growing environments. These predatory mites feed on all stages of the spider mite life cycle from egg to adult. Their life cycle is faster than the mites they are feeding on and in suitable conditions they can double their population every two days, consuming around 5 adults and 20 young larvae per day. This leads to a quick reduction in the spider mite population and plant damage.
Dragonfli now supplies Phytoseiulus predators that are bred in a different way, benefiting from extra nutrition early in their production. This enables them to produce eggs quicker once they are released onto plants and are more active with higher energy levels. This means they find the spider mites quicker. An amazing feature of this new way of rearing the predators is that they change colour once they start feeding on spider mites. The predators change from a white colour to red, once they start feeding.
Severe spider mite infestations may need more than one curative application of predators. Allow 7-10 days and re-apply if spider mite is still visibly present.
Please ensure you have read the appropriate conditions for using Phytoseiulus before purchase, these can be found below.
Use Phytoseiulus as a curative measure when spider mite is present on the plant, leaf damage and webbing is a clear indication of this. DO NOT apply if you have used any chemical treatments in the past 2 weeks.
Temperature ranges between 15-28 degrees are ideal for Phytoseiulus to be most effective. The predators like slightly higher levels of humidity than the pest spider mites, a relative humidity of around 75% is ideal. If conditions are too dry, predators will begin to move to the bottom of the plant seeking moisture.
Based on an average plant 1m in height. We recommend the following application rate;
100 Phytoseiulus per plant
For severe infestations, where leaves show signs of webbing and yellow splotches. We advise doubling this rate and applying a second application 7-10 days after the first.
Use Phytoseiulus together with loose Amblyseius californicus for best results.
Spider mite often feed at the top of plants, so ensure predators are released in this area or in hot spots of activity. Supplied in shaker bottles you can apply the predators by rotating the bottle and gently shaking the contents directly onto the infested leaves of the plants. Phytoseilius can also be applied using distribution boxes which act as small breeding sites for the predators and can be hung onto stems or leaves. Full instructions are provided on delivery.
We advise using Phytoseiulus straight away upon delivery, this ensures best results as the mites will be fresh.
Phytoseilius is a living creature and can be affected by any chemical pesticides used within the previous few weeks. As a guide cease using pyrethrum or SB plant invigorator 2 days prior to use and other persistent chemicals or universal bug killers 1-2 weeks before using Phytoseilius.