Mirical

Mirical Predatory bug Macrolophus pygmaeus

Use Mirical for:
  • Greenhouse whitefly
  • Tobacco whitefly
  • Two spotted spider mites
  • Thrips
  • Eggs of butterflies and tomato leaf miner moth
  • Aphids
  • Leaf miner larvae
Packaging:

100 ml bottle, containing 500 adults and nymphs mixed with wood chips and buckwheat

General information

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When to use Mirical?

Use Mirical for biological pest control of all stages of:

  • greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum)
  • tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), especially the eggs and larvae

Mirical also targets:

  • Two spotted spider mites
  • thrips (including Echinothrips americanus)
  • eggs of butterflies
  • tomato leaf miner moth (Tuta absoluta)
  • aphids (lesser extent)
  • leaf miner larvae (lesser extent)

Macrolophus can also survive on vegetable saps, however, this slows down the population build-up.

Introduce Macrolophus in the beginning of the growing season, as the predatory bug population needs time to establish and develop.

How does Mirical work?

Adult predatory bugs and nymphs actively search for their prey and consume them. In case of whitefly eggs, larvae or pupae only the skin is left behind in its original form.

How to use Mirical

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Application Mirical

  • Sprinkle material on clean, dry rock wool slabs, in Diboxes or on leaves. Make sure the material is not disturbed for at least a few hours
  • Introduce in clusters of at least 50 predatory bugs
  • Create 6-10 distribution points per bottle
  • Spread material thinly (maximum 1 cm thick) to enable the predatory bugs to get out of the carrier material
  • Use Entofood to provide a nutrient source in the beginning of the season, when in general pest pressure is low. This enhances development of Macrolophus.
  • After a few weeks Artefeed can also be used.
  • Use the peel-off label to mark where the product has been introduced

Best working conditions Mirical

Optimal temperatures forMirical are above 20°C, lower temperatures slow down the development of Macrolophus pygmaeus significantly.

Handling

Biological beneficials have a very short life expectancy and therefore need to be introduced into the crop as soon as possible after receipt. Failure to do so can have a negative impact on their quality. In case you do need to store Mirical, please follow the instructions below. Koppert B.V. is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer and/or under different conditions than recommended.

  • Storage after receipt: 1-2 days
  • Storage temperature: 8-10°C/47-50°F
  • In the dark (bottle horizontally)

Dosage

The information given below is merely indicative. Tailored advice can be provided if information is available on the local factors that need to be taken into account, such as the crop, the climate conditions and the level of infestation. For the correct approach, please consult a Koppert specialist or a recognized distributor of Koppert products.

Mirical preventive light curative heavy curative
Rate 0.25/m² 0.5/m² 5/m²
m²/unit 2.000 1.000 100
Interval (days) 14 14 14
Frequency 2x 2x 2x
Remarks - - introduce in infested areas only

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