Spidex

Phytoseiulus persimilis (predatory mite)

Description


Use Spidex for:

  • Two spotted spider mite

Packaging:

  • Each bottle contains adults mixed with wood-chips

 

General information


When to use Spidex?

Use Spidex for biological pest control of two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae). Spidex works well on all the life cycle stages of the two-spotted spider mite but prefers younger stages most. Use Spidex preventatively and at the first sign of pest presence.

How does Spidex work?

Phytoseiulus persimilis feeds on all stages of spider mites with a preference for eggs. The predatory mites pierce the eggs and consume the contents. Adult Phytoseiulus persimilis also attack adult spider mites but the smaller development stages only feed on smaller prey stages. The larvae do not eat. The predatory mite can only survive on two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus spp.).

 

How to use Spidex


Dosage

The information given below is merely indicative. Tailored advice can be provided if information is available on the local factors that need to be taken into account, such as the crop, the climate conditions and the level of infestation. For the correct approach, please consult a Shale Peak Horticulture specialist.

SPIDEX

unit amount

rate/m2

m2/unit

sq ft/unit

Preventative

2,000

2

1,000

10,760

Curative light

2,000

6

333

3,587

Curative heavy

2,000

20

100

1,076

Preventative

4,000

2

2,000

21,520

Curative light

4,000

6

667

7,173

Curative heavy

4,000

20

200

2,152

Preventative

10,000

2

5,000

53,800

Curative light

10,000

6

1,667

17,933

Curative heavy

10,000

20

500

5,380

*Application rates can vary depending on actual conditions.

Application Spidex

  • Turn and shake the bottle gently before use

  • Sprinkle material on leaves or pour into Diboxes

Best working conditions Spidex

Relative humidity should be above 75% and the temperature above 20°C/68°F for at least several hours of the day. Phytoseiulus persimilis does not enter diapause.

Handling

Biological beneficials have a very short life expectancy and therefore need to be introduced into the crop as soon as possible after receipt. Failure to do so can have a negative impact on their quality. In case you do need to store Spidex, please follow the instructions below. Shale Peak Horticulture, LLC is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer and/or under different conditions than recommended.

  • Storage after receipt: 1-2 days

  • Storage temperature: 8-10°C/47-50°F

  • In the dark (bottle horizontally)

Important

  • Only use products that are permitted in your country/state and crop. Check local registration requirements.

  • Shale Peak Horticulture, LLC  cannot be held liable for unauthorized use.

  • Shale Peak Horticulture, LLC  is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer than recommended and/or under incorrect conditions.

Side effects

Pesticides can have (in)direct effects on natural enemies. Koppert’s side effects app tells you how harmful different pesticides are.