Real Amblyseius andersoni
Real Andersoni is a living mite control product that contains a predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni.
Amblyseius andersoni, is a predatory mite that belongs to the family Phytosiidae which includes numerous species of predatory mites. The predatory mite eats adult spider mites, eggs and nymphs.
For local market, Real Andersoni are packed in 250 ml and 500 ml bottles containing 12500, 25000 live Amblyseius andersoni respectively.
Beige in colour. The adult mite is about 0.4 mm in length.
Optimum environmental conditions
Rate of application:
50-100 individuals/ M2
Method of application:
- Allow the mites in the tube to adjust to ambient temperature for five minutes before use
- Active predators should be visible at the top of containers.
- Then turn and shake the tube to mix the predatory mites equally in the bran carrier.
- After mixing gently shake the content onto leaves throughout the greenhouse or growing media in contact with the plant stem.
Timing of application
- Scout consistently and often. The best time to apply predatory mites is before pest populations reach their peak, so early application can increase their effectiveness.
- As with all biological control agents, Real Andersoni works best as one component of a comprehensive integrated pest management program;
Real IPM Programmes use regular low dose applications of Amblyseius andersoni after the Pure Phytoseiulus Clean Up Programme in order to prevent pest mite resurgence.
Mode of Action
Feeds on adult spider mites, eggs and nymphs.
As Real Andersoni are live predators, it goes that they are sensitive to some pesticides applied on the crop.
Seek advice from Real IPM consultants/Technical Assistants before introduction and afterwards monitor your spray program by looking at the Sensitivity and Compatibility charts
- It is always better to use Real Andersoni as soon as possible after receipt. If storage is unavoidable, keep at 10-15°C and at least 85% relative humidity for the shortest amount of time possible.
- Keep the product in a dark place away from direct sunlight with enough ventilation to avoid the narcotic effects of a possible CO2.
- Nevertheless, always introduce the predatory mites as soon as possible to prevent unpredictable temperature fluctuations!