Pesticide and Other Controls:

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Tips and Tricks:

Pesticide can harm Californicus, depending on its toxicity level, try to avoid pesticide spraying for at least two weeks before releasing the predator. We recommend using other beneficial insects and mites in combination with Californicus to get rid of spider mites instead of pesticide. Contact us for free to create a plan that works for you.

Supreme oils, soaps, and spread stickers are not damaging to Californicus unless they’ve come into contact with the pesticide.

Product Detail

Release Rates and Tips:

Caliiliv 25K (N. Californicus) Mixed Population

Amount: 25000

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Californicus prefers a temperature of 16-32°C and high humidity (60% or more) but can tolerate a wide range of climatic conditions. When pests are low the predator will stay on the crop and feed on pollen and wait for the arrival of new pests. 

Californicus works well in various environments which include but are not limited to greenhouses, field crops, interiorscapes, botanical gardens, and Orchards. We recommend should be released the predatory mites as soon as arrival, but can be stored if conditions are suitable at 10-20°C for up to 5 days.

Amblyseius californicus is an aggressive tiny predator that is known to be tolerant of a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions. It can even survive during low prey densities by feeding on other pests and pollen. It is used for prevention, control, and management of infestations of various Spider Mite species as well as Broad Mites, Cyclamen Mites, and some Russet Mite species. Californicus can lay up to forty-three eggs in its lifetime. The lifespan of it is 8 days as a larva, and then 20 days as an adult, during both its stages it feeds on spider mites. Californicus is shipped in a bottle of a 25K mixed population of larva and adult stages.


Please Note: Release rates vary depending upon the crop, infestation level and season of the year. If you require more assistance contact us for a free consultation here.

Californicus eats mites at a slower pace compared to Persimilis which allows it to survive under starvation conditions. That's why we recommend that Californicus should be used as a preventative measure or when spider mite infestation is relatively low. In general 20-40 mites per square meter is recommended bi-weekly. Some specific crop programs require the following release rate: 

Ideal Environment:

  • Californicus works best when used preventatively, or when spider mites are first noticed on the crop. Best results are seen when Californicus is allowed to build up before the spider mite populations are able to establish themselves. 

Californicus is pinkish red in colour with long legs and an oblong shape. After release, finding the predator in action is nearly impossible for even the best scouts. Thus we recommend marking the hot spots of spider mites and routinely monitoring the population of the pest to measure effectiveness. Some good signs are reduced chlorotic spots and damaged webbings.