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Amblyseius Cucumeris and Amblyseius Andersoni

These two predatory mites are widely used in commerical glasshouses to control unwanted plant pests. Each one is suited to slightly different circumstances. Amblyseius Cucumeris is used to treat Thrips and can tolerate hot, dry conditions. Amblyseius Andersoni is used to treat different species of Red Spider Mite (Tetranychus spp. and Panonychus spp.) and Thrips, it can tolerate a wide range of high and low temperatures (6 degrees C to 40 degrees C), but requires some level of humidity.

Amblyseius spp. are difficult to spot with the naked eye, and to tell apart even with the benefit of a microscope. The colour of the mites vary according to what they have been feeding upon.

Amblyseius are suitable for glasshouses and conservatories, as well as outside during the Summer. They hibernate in winter unless you supply artificial light but can feed on pollen and other prey when there isn't enough prey for them to survive on in the winter months, this makes them an effective preventative measure.

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Introducing Amblyseius

You can buy these beneficial mites either loose in a tub (protected by bran) or as a pack of slow-release sachets which you can place or hang among the plants. The method of application that is more suitable for you depends on the plants to be protected. For a small number of plants with large leaves you may prefer to use the shaker tub because you can locate the predatory mites directly on the leaves of the plants to be protected. However for a large area, for plants with small leaves, or for a tall crop, the sachets may be more practical.

Amblyseius cucumeris for thrip control

Amblyseius cucumeris is a tiny, pale coloured beneficial mite. It is used by professional glasshouse growers to control thrips and tarsonemid mites. It can be used in gardens outside in the summer months in sheltered areas.

These mites crawl around on the leaves and within the flower buds looking for their favourite prey which are thrips larvae. They usually target the smaller, newly hatched young, but they have been known to tackle larvae bigger than themselves.

For a larger area, or a tall crop, the sachets may be more convenient - and they may give longer-lasting protection, because the sachets contain grain mites which give the amblyseius a source of food to stop them all emerging at once.

Amblyseius cucumeris
Giant Shaker Tub 50,000 mites
27.95 inc P&P

Amblyseius cucumeris
10 sachets - 10,000 mites
12.95 inc P&P

Amblyseius cucumeris
50 sachets - 50,000 mites
19.95 inc P&P

Amblyseius cucumeris
200 sachets - 200,000 mites
£64.95 inc P&P

Amblyseius Andersoni for out of season spider mite control

Amblyseius Andersoni is a tiny beneficial mite. It is used by professional glasshouse growers to control and prevent the development of spider mite and thrip populations.

They can also feed and reproduce on other arthropod prey or pollen. Amblyseius Andersoni is not as voracious as the usual spider mite killer, Phytoseiulus, but it has the advantage that it can survive even when there is not much active spider mite around at the beginning of the season and is much less senstive to temperature. It is also effective on a wider range of Spider mite species.

Amblyseius Andersoni is primarily used as a preventive or as an out of season control rather than as a solution for bad infestations.
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Amblyseius Andersoni
10 Gemini Sachets
£12.95 inc P&P

Amblyseius Andersoni
50 Gemini Sachets
34.95 inc P&P

Amblyseius Andersoni
25,000 mite shaker tub
109.95 inc P&P