Category: Knowledge
Date published: December 13, 2022

Spical predatory mite: a true all-rounder

Spider mite isn't a picky eater – it's found in almost every crop worldwide. But there is hope: the mite's natural enemy, the predatory mite in Spical, is also at home in just about every crop. Neoseiulus californicus is only ineffective in crops such as tomatoes, so you'll have to find another solution to combat spider mites in these cases.

The most common spider mite is Tetranychus urticae, the two-spotted spider mite – and the predatory mite in Spical goes mad for it! You can call on the help of these predatory mites in many crops: vegetables (in the greenhouse and outdoors), cut flowers, potted plants, ornamental shrubs, broad beans, soft fruit, and woody fruit crops, such as citrus.

Other solutions

But all that glitters is not gold. Predatory mites are ineffective in a limited number of crops, mainly the ones with sticky glandular hairs. Tomato is the best known of these crops, but ornamental crops with densely hairy leaves can also cause issues. So don't panic: under these circumstances, you can control spider mites with predatory bugs and gall midges.

What's right for you

Don't forget: IPM is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It depends on the crop, the climate, the region, and the expected diseases and pests. You should therefore use Spical in coordination with other IPM measures.