The predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni eats many different pest mites such as spider mite, gall mite, and russet mite. Main target pests are two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), European red mite (Panonychus ulmi), apple rust mite (Aculus schlechtendali) and boxwood bud mite (Eriophyes canestrinii). A. andersoni does not only feed on harmful mites, but also on thrips, pollen, honeydew and fungi.
Andersoni can stand and cycle in a broad range of temperatures (6-40°C/-43-104°F) and can starve for many days if food is not available. Even if the pest is eradicated the predatory mites will still form a threat to other prey.
- Generalistic predator
- Highly voracious
- Broad pest range
- Very mobile
- Can survive on pollen and thrips
- Active in a wide range of temperatures
- Use immediately upon receipt
- If not possible, store product at 59˚F (15˚C) to be used the following day. At this temperature the mites stay in optimal condition.
- Lower storage temperatures can have a negative influence on the conservation of A. andersoni.
Note: Introduction of Phytoseiulus persimilis in hot spots is a favorable addition