Anystis baccarum (Crazee Mite)

Target pests:

The Crazee Mite (also known as the Whirligig Mite) is the newest product from Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd. Researched and developed alongside Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, this large, fast, red mite is quickly becoming the most popular supplemental bio-control agent everywhere from indoor house plants to agriculture, floriculture and retailers. It is already being used for both generalist preventative applications against pests as diverse as whitefly, red mites, and psyllids and to wipe out (or prevent) some known pests like thrips, aphids and spider mites.

While reared and packed in large numbers, the Crazee Mites require such large numbers of prey that they are quick to spread out and may cannibalize with a lack of food. All mites are female and all mobile stages of Anystis baccarum are predatory. The adults will immediately begin laying eggs and are capable of eating hundreds of small prey daily. For larger prey like thrips, they can eat 5 adults or up to 10 larvae daily and for aphids, between 1 and 7 daily, depending on size. Eggs are laid in leaf-litter or loose, consistently humid growing media, making cycling possible in most crops. Some others may require regular reapplications.

Application rates are variable. 1 mite per square foot may be appropriate for both preventative and knockdown depending on environment, plants and prey. Generally, as a starting point, it is recommended that 0.25 mites be applied per square foot for prevention and 2 mite per square foot or more for corrective rates. However working with our distributors and IPM specialists will result in more individually-catered rates. For thrips predation, Anystis should be released along side regular applications of N. cucumeris. For other applications it is best used to supplement other biocontrols to keep down costs.

Package details:

Packages include:

  • 50 tray of mobiles and pupae
  • 250 tray of mobiles and pupae
  • 1000 bag of mobiles and pupae

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