Orders for M. longipes must be received by noon on Wednesday for shipment the following Wednesday. If you need a biocontrol order sooner, please call us at 360-656-6680 and we will work with you to find a solution. We can't guarantee that the item will ship the same day but we will do our best to get it to you ASAP.
TARGET PEST: Spider mites
FOR YOUR FILES: Mesoseiulus longipes Tech Sheet (PDF)
Mesoseiulus longipes are predatory mites. They are able to hunt in warm conditions like Galendromus occidentalis, but differ in that they are also able to hunt in extremely dry conditions. M. longipes does best in warm to hot greenhouses, 80-90°F (26-30°C). They are similar to P. persimilis but can tolerate lower humidity (40% at 70°F).
- Release rates in greenhouses are highly variable. Release roughly 10-15 per 10 sf crop canopy.
- Susceptible to pesticides. Field tolerance will vary with spray timing, application methods, weather and crop. Avoid spraying crop one week before or afer releasing predators. Some materials may be toxic for up to four weeks. STORAGE: Highly perishable, should be used immediately upon delivery. If storage is absolutely necessary, refrigerate at 40°-50° F. (6°-10° C). Not to exceed S days to minimize mortality. Needs at least 11 hours of daylight.
- Orders for M. longipes must be received by noon on Friday for shipment the following Wednesday, with exceptions for major holidays. Beneficial insects are normally shipped by FedEx Ground within the state of Washington, and by FedEx Express elsewhere in the USA. Please contact us directly if you require a different method of shipping.