Amblyseius swirskii

Amblyseius swirskii

from 58.00

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Target Pest 
A generalist predatory mite that readily consumes small soft-bodied arthropod pest species as well as pollen or plant exudates,  Swirskii has attracted significant interest as a natural control agent of mites, broad mites, thrips, and whiteflies in commercial cannabis cultivation.

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Effective use in Commercial Cannabis cultivation:

Rates with Swirskii in Cannabis seem to vary a little from what the traditional registered rates listed below. We say that because the dollar value of the Cannabis crop is so high. Instead of treating in meters and as a row crop, we recommend that each plant have direct attention to them for optimal results. The climate fluctuation, temperature and humidity changes, the rapid plant growth with new plant growth, not to mention the air movements, and hairiness make Cannabis a beast for treatment. 

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Available in 500 count Gemini sachets, 1,000 count Mini sachets with hooks, 1,000 count sachets on sticks or 25,000 count in one liter bottles.

For Best Results

Mini sachets:
Hang from crop wire or under plant canopy
Do not hang adjacent to heating pipes

Gemini sachets:
Hang over branches under canopy of plant

Shaker Tube: 
1 liter containing 25,000 mites
Shake small quantities of Amblyseius andersoni onto the crop near base of plant

We have found it to be very effective to spread liter containers into solo cups and hang under canopy of plant with hooks

Traditional Horticulture recommendations and applicaiton:

Description
Amblyseius swirskii adults have 8 legs and the body is singular rather than segmented with under 20 back hairs. A. swirskii cannot be distinguished from a number of other predatory mites such as A. cucumeris, A. californicus, or A. andersoni with the naked eye. The differences in appearance are subtle and can only be seen under microscope. The color of A. swirskii is dependent on what the mites have been eating. This can vary from dark red to purple, to light yellow. With thrips and whitefly as prey, the color tends to be a kind of light orange. The mites feed by piercing small arthropod prey or grains of pollen with their mouthparts, and draining the contents.

Instructions for Use

Amblyseius swirskii is a predatory mite native to the coastal regions of the Middle East and North Africa on fruit trees. It is an ideal product to be used in crops that are grown under protection in warm conditions, such as Cannabis, peppers, cucumbers, gerbera and eggplant. It can be used on other crops during the summer, provided that average daytime temperatures exceed 68F. It breeds extremely quickly under warm and humid environmental conditions. It predates on thrips, whiteflies and other pests. In the absence of prey it can also survive on the plant by feeding on pollen and mold. It prefers a warm and humid climate, but can survive cooler nights during the winter months in semi-protected crops by moving lower down the plants where it benefits from the warmer micro-climate closer to the ground. The mite will emerge onto the crop looking for prey.

Life Cycle
Adult female mites lay single eggs onto leaf hairs. The mites go through three immature stages: larva, protonymph, and deutonymph, before becoming adults. At 77F, the entire cycle from egg to adult can take less than 7 days. All mobile stages are predatory. 

Instructions for Use

Gemini sachets:
Lift each sachet from the box, pinch the join so that the printed face is outwards and drop the sachet over the crop wire, branch or leaf stalk.

Mini sachets:
Hang from crop wire or plant canopy
Do not hang adjacent to heating pipes
Duration of sachet activity is 6 weeks, though longer-lasting control may be evident if the mites establish in the crop

Gemini sachets:
Use at one per 6.5ft - 13ft of crop row.

Mini sachets:
Use at one per 6.5ft of crop row.

Shaker Tube: 
1 liter containing 25,000 mites
Shake small quantities of Amblyseius swirskii onto the crop near to flowers.  (NOOOOO!!!!! Do not shake near the flower as the product will stick to the tricomes.)
Introduce Amblyseius swirskii early in the crop/pest cycle to protect against pest build up

For Best Results
Introduce Amblyseius swirskii early in the crop/pest cycle to protect against the pest build up, but only when average temperatures are above 68F. Before application, keep the product out of direct sunlight. Transport and store above 50F - 59F. Use within 18 hours of receipt.