Minute Pirate Bugs |
These tiny predators are effective against thrips, mites, aphids, and small caterpillars. They are shipped as adults and can be released by simply opening the container or placing them on individual plants with a small paintbrush. Only release if there is a food source (pests or pollen).
Adult Minute Pirate Bugs live for 3 - 4 weeks and lay their eggs in plant tissue. The nymphs emerge in 4 - 5 days and become adults in 7 - 10 days.
Greenhouse Release: 1 Orius per 1 - 2 plants or 4 - 5 per plant in hot spots. Repeat release 2 weeks later.
General Release: 100 - 2,000 per acre. Allow 3 - 4 weeks for thrips control. Orius thrive in typical greenhouse temperatures and humidities. They also work great outdoors.