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Beneficial Bugs

Convergent Ladybug Hippodamia convergens

Storage Temperature: Store in refrigerator crisper drawer. 5°C. Up to two weeks.
Target Pests: Aphids
Optimum Release Conditions: Mist plants before releasing lady bugs, and release them in the evening or when your lights are off
Notes: Convergent lady bugs are not the most common lady bug in Alberta, but they are a native species.  Lady bugs may fly away in 4-5 days and heavy aphid infestations may require two applications spaced two weeks apart. Lady bugs may also occasionally eat moistened raisins.

 

Cucumeris Neoseiulus cucumeris

Storage temperature: 10-15°C relative humidity 66-70% Max 5 days.
Target pests: Western flower thrips, Onion thrips, bamboo and broad mites.
Optimum Release Conditions: are 20-25°C (68-77°F)with relative humidity 66-70%

 

Persimilis Phytoseiulus persimilis

Storage temperature: 10-15°C relative humidity 66-70% Max 5 days.
Target pests: two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) and bean red spider mite
Optimum Release Conditions: 20-27°C (68-81°F) and relative humidity over 60%.
Notes: At temperatures of 18-27°C (64-81°F), the predators reproduce faster than spider mites. At warmer or cooler temperatures, however, the spider mites reproduce faster.


Stethorus (spider mite destroyer) Stethorus punctillum

Storage temperature: 10-16ºC Max 5 days.
Target pests: Two-spotted spider mite,European red mite, Spruce spider mite, Southern red mite
Optimum Release Conditions: moderate to high temperatures of 67-90°F (16-35°C).

 

Stratiolaelaps Stratiolaelaps scimitus

Storage temperature: Do not refrigerate. If necessary, containers can be held, stored on their side out of direct sunlight, at 16-21oC (60-70oF) for up to 7 days. 
Target pests: Fungus gnats, Western flower thrips,springtails,root mealybug crawler. grain mites and reptile mites.
Optimum Release Conditions: 20°C (68°F)

 

Fallacis Neoseiulus fallacis

Storage temperature:8-18ºC Max 7 days
Target pests: Two-spotted spider mite,European red mite, Spruce spider mite, Southern red mite
Optimum Release Conditions:[9-32°C (48-85°F)]. relative humidity 50%


Beneficial Nematodes Steinernema feltiae

Storage temperature: STORE IN REFRIGERATOR 41 ̊F (5 ̊C) until exp. date
Target pests:  Fungus Gnats and Western Flower Thrips
Optimum Release Conditions: Foliar spray-ensure that the crops remains wet for at least 2 hours or soil drench.

 

Regular Ordinary Spider

Unless they are venomous, spiders that show up in your grow room should be welcomed, as they eat many of the insects that eat your plants! Please do not kill your spiders; they are friends.