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Aktara from a spider mite: the correct application at home

Spider Mite Killer application is rather simple. In order to achieve the best results, however, proper treatment and usage is essential. Growers Trust Spider Mite Killer is ready to use upon purchase, no mixing is necessary.

Laboratory tested, Spider Mite Killer is safe to use under any light, with no harmful effects and no burning. The following outlines the steps to apply Spider Mite Killer:

  • Shake the bottle of Spider Mite Killer very well prior to and throughout use.
  • Turn off your heat lamps.
  • Apply the product generously to the entire plant.
  • Spray the leaves on both the top and bottom surfaces, as well as at the stem branch joints. Make sure targeted areas are sufficiently wet as necessary.
  • Permit the plant to air dry entirely. NO rinsing.
  • Do not turn your lights back on until the plant is completely dry.
  • Repeat process every 3-5 days as necessary.
  • See immediate results.

Please note that Spider Mite Killer should be sprayed as soon as a problem is acknowledged. Following initial application, a light continuance of Spider Mite Killer can be sprayed as an overcoat.

Growers Trust Powdery Mildew Killer

Powdery Mildew Killer application is very straightforward. Correct usage and treatment is imperative to achieving the best results. Growers Trust Powdery Mildew Killer is ready to use upon purchase, no mixing is necessary.

Thorough testing, research, and development makes Powdery Mildew Killer safe to use under any kind of light, with no damaging effects and no burning. The following outline the steps to apply Powdery Mildew Killer:

  • Shake the bottle of Powdery Mildew Killer well before and during use.
  • Turn off your heat lamps.
  • Apply the product generously to the entire plant.
  • Spray the leaves on both the top and bottom surfaces, as well as at the stem branch joints. Make sure targeted areas are sufficiently wet as necessary.
  • Permit the plant to air dry entirely. NO rinsing.
  • Do not turn your lights back on until the plant is completely dry.
  • Following the second application on day 2, repeat process as necessary for preventative purposes.
  • See results within hours.

Please note that Powdery Mildew Killer should be sprayed as soon as a problem is acknowledged. The product will strengthen the plant cell walls, however, continued use for preventative measures is acceptable.

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Spidex Predatory mites Phytoseiulus persimilis

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, but has 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

Application Spidex

  • Turn and shake the bottle gently before use
  • Sprinkle material on leaves or pour into Diboxes
  • It is possible to distribute Spidex mechanically by means of the (Mini)Airbug/Airobug

Best working conditions Spidex

Relative humidity should be above 75% and the temperature above 20°C/68°F for at least some 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. Koppert B.V. 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)
See also:  To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes, Science, Smithsonian Magazine

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 Koppert specialist or a recognized distributor of Koppert products.

Spidex preventive light curative heavy curative
rate 2/m² 6/m² 20-50/m²
m²/unit 1000 300 40-100
interval (days) 21 7 7
frequency 1-2x 2x
remark introduce in infested areas only
Important
  • Only use products that are permitted in your country/state and crop. Check local registration requirements.
  • Koppert Biological Systems cannot be held liable for unauthorized use.
  • Koppert B.V. 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 biological solutions. Our side effects app tells you how harmful different pesticides are.

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Sulfur for Spider Mites

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Passionate for travel and the well-written word, Judy Wolfe is a professional writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Cal Poly Pomona and a certificate in advanced floral design. Her thousands of published articles cover topics from travel and gardening to pet care and technology.

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Spinning webs of destruction wherever they go, nearly invisible spider mites drain plant foliage of its cellular fluids. The eight-legged pests leave in their wake speckled, bronzed leaves that slowly turn yellow or red and eventually drop. Adding insult to injury, the bugs shroud their hosts in unsightly webs. Although sulfur has a long and successful record of combating spider mites, it has significant limitations.

Unlike most insecticides, sulfur kills the mites while doing little harm to the insects that prey on them. It also kills several plant-infecting fungi.

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Spical Predatory mite Neoseiulus californicus

250 ml bottle with dosage-plug, containing 5,000 predatory mites
500 ml bottle, containing 25,000 predatory mites

Each bottle contains predatory mites (all mobile stages) mixed with inert carrier material

General information

When to use Spical?

Use Spical for biological pest control of:

  • two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)
  • fruit spider mite (Panonychus ulmi)
  • citrus red mite (Panonynchus citri)
  • begonia mite (Tarsonemus pallidus)
  • broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus)

Introduce Spical if pest presence is suspected or at the first sign of pest presence. Use Spidex for hotspot treatment.

Precaution: application of this product can cause sensitization or allergic reactions, we therefore advise to take the necessary precautions.

How does Spical work?

Adult predatory mites, nymphs and larvae actively search for their prey and consume them.

How to use Spical

Application Spical

  • Turn and shake the bottle gently before use
  • Sprinkle material on leaves
  • (Mini)-Air(o)bug can be used for mechanical distribution of Spical
  • Neoseiulus californicus tolerates a range of chemical pesticides
  • Always use Spical in conjunction with Spidex

Precaution: application of this product can cause sensitization or allergic reactions, we therefore advise to take the necessary precautions.

Best working conditions Spical

Neoseiulus californicus tolerates high temperatures and low humidity.

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 Spical, please follow the instructions below. Koppert B.V. 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 (bottles horizontally)

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 Koppert specialist or a recognized distributor of Koppert products.

Spical preventive light curative heavy curative
Rate 25/m² 100/m² 200/m²
m²/unit 1.000 250 125
Interval (days) 21
Frequency 1x 1x
Remarks Use with Spidex Use with Spidex
Important
  • Only use products that are permitted in your country/state and crop. Check local registration requirements.
  • Koppert Biological Systems cannot be held liable for unauthorized use.
  • Koppert B.V. 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 biological solutions. Our side effects app tells you how harmful different pesticides are.

www.koppert.com

Spidex Predatory mites Phytoseiulus persimilis

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 two-spotted spider mites but prefer 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

Application Spidex

  • Turn and shake the bottle gently before use
  • Sprinkle material on leaves or pour into Diboxes
  • It is possible to distribute Spidex mechanically by means of the (Mini)Airbug/Airobug

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. Koppert B.V. 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)

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 Koppert specialist or a recognized distributor of Koppert products.

Spidex preventive light curative heavy curative
rate 2/m² 6/m² 20-50/m²
m²/unit 1000 300 40-100
interval (days) 21 7 7
frequency 1-2x 2x
remark introduce in infested areas only

Pest control

Agricultural pests can attack your crop at any time.

www.koppertus.com

Red Mite: Our Top 8 Products

As a hobby poultry keeper, I have battled with red mite treatment on many an occasions. The ‘Top 8 Red Mite Products’ started off as a blog post I wrote about My Top 4 ‘Safe’ Red Mite Products. After this, I got into a number of discussions with other local fanciers on ‘the things we keep in stock’ like red mite powder and we came up with a top 5, then a top 8 ‘red mite treatments’ that we use in the battle to control red mite in our coops.

If you found this page looking for information about red mite, then you’re better off reading my Ultimate Guide to Red Mite first.

The last few years has seen an increasing number of ‘safe’ or ‘natural’ red mite treatments emerge on the market in a bid to fight against the poultry red mite, but what is the best red mite killer? Commercially, there is more awareness in the use of chemicals in farming. Red mites have developed a resistance to a number of common chemicals that have been used in commercial premises and the UK Government has also recently banned some chemicals that were used to treat poultry houses with mites.

It is interesting to note that the old poultry books rarely mentioned red mite as they were not so much of a problem to poultry fanciers back then. Both commercial and domestic poultry houses used to be soaked annually in Creosote and it was thought that this was having two actions. As well as preserving the wood, it was also stopping red mites from taking up residence in the coop and it appeared to be killing off red mites that had already set up home. Unfortunately, it appears that the modern Creosote substitutes don’t have the same effect and they won’t deter mites from taking up residence once the coop is dry.

Types of red mite control products

There are essentially two methods of attack: treatment on the bird and treatment of the poultry house. Red mite are a temporary ecto-parasite, spending only a couple of hours feeding on the bird, and can be found mainly in dark places in the coop, so most of your effort should be concentrated on the housing, especially in the cracks and crevices.

1. Products that can be used on your bird’s housing

  • Liquids will penetrate into cracks, crevices and joints.
  • Powders have a long-lasting effect and can be dusted around bedding and nesting material.
  • Smoke will penetrate into the smallest of cracks.

2. Products that can be used on your chickens

  • Can discourage mites from biting.
  • Some products can kill mites if they bite.
  • Products that kill mites often are not licensed for this use in birds producing eggs or meat for consumption.

Red mites are particularly resilient and can multiply quickly. They are capable of surviving several treatments of any product. To stop them multiplying dramatically after treating the chicken coop, it is best to re-treat again after 5 to 6 days when the eggs that managed to survive the first treatment have hatched, before they are old enough to lay eggs again.

Our top 8 red mite treatments

Here are our favourite products for treating red mite. These are what I would consider the best red mite killers. Links are also included to suppliers of these products.

1. Poultry Shield Treats: Housing

Probably THE most popular product amongst all poultry keepers that is used for weekly cleaning as well as for red mite control. Poultry Shield is a liquid detergent that is very safe to use, containing no pesticides. It is diluted at 1:10 with water when used for general cleaning and washing the house or if you suspect a red mite infestation.

It works by washing the protective wax coating off the mite and after 24 hours or so, they dry out and die. Being a liquid, it gets into cracks and crevices around the chicken house where mites will be hiding during the daytime.

2. Diatom Treats: Housing & Birds

Probably the next most popular product, if not joint ‘most popular’ with Poultry Shield. Diatom is usually used in conjunction with Poultry Shield. Once the house is dry, diatom can be spread around, concentrating on perch ends and nest boxes for ongoing protection. Diatom can also be used for dusting your birds down and can be added to dust baths to allow birds to rid themselves of lice.

It is basically Diatomaceous Earth so comes under a number of different names but just like the Vacuum Cleaner and Hoover, the name Diatom is often used rather than Diatomaceous Earth which is a bit of a mouthful. It is fossilised algae which has microscopically sharp edges that damages the outer waxy coating of the mite and absorbs the body fluid so the mite dehydrates and dies. It is a very safe, natural product.

3. Red Mite Powder Treats: Housing & Birds

Barrier Red Mite Powder can be used in a similar way to Diatom on the housing and the birds. Barrier Red Mite Powder can be used in Organic systems since it falls into the exempt category of products which use only plant oils as active ingredients. It contains tea tree which acts as a natural repellent.

It comes in a handy shaker tub and is easy to apply to birds and has a residual effect that lasts for a number of weeks after application. Red mite powder is always kept on my shelf for ‘mid week dusting’ when I spot some mites and haven’t got time to deep clean the coop.

4. Smite Powder Treats: Housing & Birds

Smite Powder is another Diatomaceous Earth based product (Diatomaceous Earth is naturally occurring fossilised algae). This has microscopically sharp edges that damages the outer waxy coating of the mite and absorbs fluids so the mite eventually dehydrates and dies.

Smite powder should be used as Diatom above, concentrating on the ends of perches and in nest boxes so mites have to go through it to get to birds.

5. Smite Professional Treats: Housing

Smite Professional comes with a handy pump that allows you to dispense the right amount into water to get the correct dilution.

One pump = 30ml or 3% per litre of water. Use a 6% (two pumps) dilution per litre to treat. Use a garden sprayer to get into cracks and crevices for the best results.

The thing I like about Smite is it’s easy to dilute and goes a long way.

6. Ardap Treats: Housing

Ardap spray is an insecticide. It will kill pretty much any insect that will fly or crawl including flies and other diptera, beetles, cockroaches, moths, spiders, wood-lice, ants, mites and silverfish.

It kills on contact so is useful for concentrating on areas where lots of red mite can be seen visually. When I’m short on time during the week, I keep a can handy to spray into the cracks if I see mite activity.

7. Mini ForteFog Fumers Treats: Housing

Mini ForteFog ‘P’ Fumers are ‘smoke bombs’ that can be placed inside the chicken coop. They contain 13.5% Permethrin, an insecticide that kills mites as well as other insects.

These are very easy to use but remember to shut the birds out, close the door of the coop and block off normal ventilation openings so the smoke filters out through the cracks where the red mite are hiding.

8. Red Mite-X Concentrate Treats: Housing

Barrier Red Mite X Concentrate cleans and disinfects poultry housing and is safe to use around feeding areas.
It has a sticky consistency that immobilises the mites which then kills them. Red Mite-X concentrate is also suitable for Organic systems.
It is diluted with water at a rate of 1:20 so a 500ml bottle is enough to make up 10 litres of solution so I feel is good value for money.

So there it is. Choose your weapon for the best red mite killer and let battle commence!

Oh and don’t forget my 4000 word ‘Ultimate Guide to Red Mite‘ if you want to learn more.

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