Each bottle contains 500ml of vermiculite and 1000 Orius. Gently rotate the bottle several times to evenly mix the contents. Sprinkle 10ml on top of plant heads near the flowers.
Try to ensure most of the vermiculite stays on the top leaves without too much falling through. Each bottle should give you 50 release points covering an area of 500m2 with each release point receiving approximately 20 Orius.
Endeavour to release in lower light conditions e.g. (early morning/late afternoon) as the Orius will settle in the crop much better than in full sunlight.
Orius – control of thrips, all stages, (except pupae).(2 - 3 releases)
1st release at early flower at 2 Orius/m2
2nd release 2 weeks later at 2-3 Orius/m2
3rd release 2 weeks later at 2-3 Orius/ m2.
A total of 7 Orius/m2 should be released for high thrips presence, and 4-5/ m2 for lower thrips presence.
As the season progresses further releases may be needed into thrips hotspots which occur in areas near doors, open vents, or next to neighbouring farms with high thrips infestations.
Orius is light sensitive, therefore during the cooler darker periods of the day Orius will hide more in leaf tips and stems. Orius are more active in the middle of the day as indicated by the red staining that the Orius secrets onto the white petals of capsicum flowers when feeding in the flower.
Once the Orius has been released for 3-5 weeks, juvenile Orius will appear and will have a red dot on their backs during the early stages of their growth.