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COVERAGE: Use one parasite per 20 to 30 scales, or 5-10 per plant, or 10,000 per acre. For best results, use 3 to 4 releases at 2 week intervals.
RELEASE: Release in temperatures above 50 and below 100 degrees. The parasites typically fly about 6 trees or plants in a day. Release them by opening the container and allowing the adult parasites to fly out as you walk, tapping the container every sixth tree or plant.
LIFE CYCLE: The female Aphytis melinus lays from 1 to 5 eggs in the host scale, depending on size. The eggs hatch and feed on the scale, which kills it. In about 12 days they become adults, and the females begin parasitizing more scales. The adults live about 26 days.
If possible, it’s a good idea to wash down the infested plants and trees before release. This removes some of the honeydew secretions, making it easier for the parasites.
SHIPPING DETAILS: Aphytis are shipped Tuesday or Wednesday 2nd day or USPS Priority Mail. Holidays that impact our ability to ship will cause adjustments to the shipping dates.