Especially tomato (can cause damage to other plants).
How it works
Mode of action
Adult predatory bugs and nymphs actively search for their prey and suck them out. The skin is left behind in its original form.
Macrolophus pygmaeus sucks out the body contents of its prey leaving only the empty skin.
|500 adults and nymphs.
|Cardboard tray containing 10 corrugated cardboard strips, each strip holds approximately 50 Macrolophus pygmaeus or 100 ml bottle.
|Millet husks (tray) or wood chips and buckwheat hulls (bottle)
Directions for use
Introduce Mirical at the beginning of the growing season and provide Entofood and/or Artefeed as food source, as the predatory bug population needs time to establish and develop. Mirical can also survive on plant saps, however absence of animal prey slows down the population build-up significantly.
- Open package carefully inside the greenhouse.
- Distribute the content of one package over 10 introduction points by hanging 1 cardboard strip per plant and, at the end, shake out any remaining M. pygmaeus from the tray into the crop.
- Hang the cardboard strips over the stalk of a fully-grown leaf at the top of the plant.
- The Macrolophus will climb out of the cardboard strips and spread through the crop.
- 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.
The dosage of Mirical depends on climate, crop and expected pest density and should always be adjusted to the particular situation. Start introduction preventively. Introduction rates typically range from 0.25-5 per m2/release. Releases should be repeated after 2 weeks. Consult a Koppert advisor or a recognized distributor of Koppert products for advice on the best strategy for your situation.
Optimal temperatures for Mirical are above 20°C/68°F, lower temperatures slow down the development of Macrolophus pygmaeus significantly.
Should be used in combination with whitefly parasitoids.
Pesticides can have (in)direct effects on biological solutions. Find out which pesticides have side effects on this product.
Storage time after receipt
In the dark, bottle horizontally.
Frequently Asked Questions
Introduce Mirical at the beginning of the growing season.
In the greenhouse: open the lid of the tray partly on the longest side. Take out the cardboard strips one by one. Keep the lid closed between each introduction point.
Hang the cardboard strips approximately 30-40 cm below the top of the plant to maximize Macrolophus establishment. Hang the cardboard strips over the stalk of a fully-grown leaf at the top of the plant. The Macrolophus will climb out of the cardboard strips and spread through the crop.
Distribute the content of one package over 10 introduction points by hanging 1 cardboard strip per plant and, at the end, shake out any remaining M. pygmaeus from the tray into the crop.
Due to the heightened activity of Macrolophus at elevated temperatures, it's important to note that when you open the box, the predatory bugs may swiftly exit the tray. To prevent a rapid and concentrated release of Macrolophus in a single location, we strongly advise keeping any unused boxes securely stored in the closed cooler box until you're ready to deploy them. Open the packages just before introduction and keep the lid closed between each introduction.
This can happen as it is a living product with a normal mortality in the tray; the same as in the bottle. The difference is that in this packaging, dead individuals are better visible (on the bottom of the tray) than in the bottle, where dead Macrolophusl was less visible in the carrier material. Koppert buffers for this loss during transport, ensuring that you introduce at least 500 Mirical/tray.
Condensation on the lid might occur during transport and upon arrival. This doesn’t compromise product quality.
Yes it is possible. Make sure the plant nursery is aware of this new packaging and do not place the cardboard strips directly in the plants but right next to it.
Yes. You can recycle all parts (strips, box and lid) as paper.
"The general conditions of Koppert (Koppert B.V. and/or of its affiliated companies) apply. Only use products that are permitted in your country/state and crop. Always comply with the conditions specified in local product registrations. Koppert cannot be held liable for unauthorized use. Koppert is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer than recommended and/or under incorrect conditions."