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The Orcon Control Mealy Bugs Cryptolaemus (25 live adults) (CM-C25) offers all-season protection against plant-sucking insects. They actively feed on mealybug eggs, immatures and adults. Cryptolaemus are like small ladybugs with a black body, and orange head and tail. They have a voracious appetite that also kills immature whitefly, immature scale and aphids. Apply 1 to 5 per square foot or 500 to 5,000 per acre. Use at first appearance of target pests and continue as needed. One box contains 25 live adult lady bugs that destroys mealy bugs.
|Active Ingredient:||Cryptolaemus - 25 live adults|
|Target pests:||Mealybug eggs, immatures and adults. Immature whitefly, immature scale and aphids.|
|For use in:||Plants|
|Application:||Apply at first appearance of target pests and continue as needed
* See below for specific application instructions
|Pet safe:||Yes, if used as directed on label.|
|Coverage Area:||10 beetles per tree, 2 to 5 per plant, or about 5 per square yard for planted area|
Orange head and tail
Immediately and effectively kills mealybugs
|Shipping Weight:||0.60 lbs|
|Manufactured By:||Orcon - Organic Control, Inc (Mfg. Number: CM-C25)|
USE: Cryptolaemus beetles (cryp’-to-la’-mus) are frequently called "Mealybug Destroyers" for their avid craving for mealybugs! Their appearance is similar to small ladybugs with a head and tail in orange and the body is black. They select mealybugs as their first choice, but they will also eat immature scale, aphids, and immature whiteflies.
Release: Gently shake the beetles directly onto infested plants in the evening of the same day received. If release must be delayed, store in a cool (60-65F) dark area and smear a little honey on the inside of the lid of the container for food.
Coverage: Use about 10 beetles per tree, 2-5 per plant, or about 5 per square yard for planted area.
Life Cycle: The Cryptolaemus beetles will lay their amber colored eggs in the mealybug egg mass, and the eggs will hatch in 10-14 days. The larvae are hard to see at first, but grow rapidly as they also feed on mealybugs. They are alligator shaped and as they mature they develop a white waxy coating that makes it difficult to tell them apart from the mealybugs. However, this also helps them attack their prey. The entire cycle takes about 30 days.
Recommendations: Since ants are attracted to the honeydew secreted by mealybugs, it is important to control the ants before using the Cryptolaemus. Ants will actually attack the Cryptolaemus if they are in the area. If using indoors, keep in mind that the Cryptolaemus will be attracted to sources of light. Cryptolaemus are very susceptible to pesticides and they should not be used for at least two week prior to release.