The predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii, of east Mediterranean origin, is a well-known biological control agent against whiteflies and thrips used worldwide.
A. swirskii is a generalist predator and is able to feed on various insects and mites. A. swirskii is well used in greenhouse crops on the sweet potato whitefly Bemisia tabaci, the greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariprum, and young larvae of Western Flower Thrips Frankliniella occidentalis, two-spotted Spider Mite and red spider mite Tetranychus urticae, T. cinnabarinus and the broad mite Polyphagotarsonemus latus.
The adult female is an off-white droplet-shaped mite. It has a characteristic rapid movement when disturbed or exposed to bright light. The eggs are oval and transparent to white.
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Bio® Swirskii – The Product
- Amblyseius swirskii is packed in a 1 liter container. Mites are mixed with bran, along with their food, the prey mite, Carpoglyphus lactis. The prey mites do not survive on the plant and are harmless to the crop.
- The material can be sprinkled from the container over the crop or applied by specially designed distribution boxes that are hung on the plant. The former application method is good for horizontal crops whereas the latter is more effective in vertical crops.
- If necessary, Bio®Swirskican be stored for 24 hours at a temperature of 10-15°C from the time of arrival until release, but it should never be frozen, nor left exposed to direct sunlight.
- Bio®Swirskii scompatible with selective conventional chemicals (according to the list of compatible chemicals provided by BioBee)
- Prior to release, the container should be rotated gently while in a horizontal position to allow proper mixing of the predatory mites in the bran carrier.
- Application of Bio®Swirski should be carried out either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, under relatively mild temperatures.
- During application, the containers should be taken from shipment package one by one and the predators should be released immediately.
- In crops where Amblyseius swirskii can feed on pollen, such as sweet pepper, Bio®Swirski can be introduced preventively before the appearance of the target pests, upon presence of the first flowers. The release rate depends upon the nature of the crop, the ecosystem (e.g. open field or greenhouse) and the rate of pest infestation. Temperatures of 21-27°C and high humidity (above 60%) will enhance predator activity and ensure its success. Where pollen is not available for the predators, Amblyseius swirskii should be introduced upon the first appearance of the target pests.
BioBee Sde Eliyahu Ltd. produces and markets biological products. Production is carried out using innovative techniques under controlled quality assurance standards such as ISO 9001:2008, as well as IOBC’s international standards for mass-production of insects.
All products are tested to meet specification requirements before leaving the factory.
BioBee is not responsible for the outcome of implementation in the field, as it has no control over the method of application, local conditions, treatment/storage of product not according to instructions, etc.