Spidex (Phytoseiulus persimillis)

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SPIDEX
Phytoseiulus persimillis


What is SPIDEX?

Spidex is the trade name used by Zonda Beneficals for the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimillis.
It is used to control two-spotted mites. Spidex will hunt, kill and eat two-spotted mites (Tetranychus urticae).
They are very effective predators, and will only feed on spider mites, once their food source runs out, they disperse and/or die. They do not feed on any type of plant material.

How does SPIDEX work?

Spidex is very mobile – a good attribute when you are a predator. Spidex hunt and kill both juvenile and adult spider mites, and adult Spidex will eat spider mite eggs as well. The number of spider mites consumed increases with temperature, up to around 30 degrees. At 20 degrees adult Spidex will kill 5 adult spider mites or 20 young larvae and eggs per day.
The reproductive rate of Spidex is twice that of the spider mites, and the generation time is approximately half.

When should I introduce SPIDEX?

Spidex need to be introduced at the first signs of spider mites in crop. Although, even when introduced late into an infected crop, Spidex may still gain control over the two-spotted mite.

Growers should actively monitor their plants, and be able to identify two-spotted mites, and the damage that they cause.

Successful biological control relies on the grower being aware of what is happening in his/her crop at all times. 

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1st signs of damage – faint speckling on the upperside of the leaves                       Severe webbing on cucs

 

How do I get SPIDEX?

Spidex is supplied in two options:
- 100ml bottles (minimum of 1000 adults, mixed with vermiculite)
- 1000ml bottles (minimum 10,000 adults, mixed with vermiculite)