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Real NephiFIX

Nephus kamburovi
About

Real NephiFIX (Nephus kamburovi) are predatory beetles, indigenous to South Africa, that prey on mealybug & other insects such as Cochineal and some soft scales. These beetles are high-density feeders with a voracious appetite for mealybug, therefore they are perfect for use in hot spots.

Mode of Action

Effective against:

  • Vine Mealybug (Planococcus ficus)
  • Citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri)
  • Long-tailed mealybug (Pseudococcus longispinus)
  • Oleander mealybug (Paracoccus burnerae)
  • Citrophilous mealybug (Pseudococcus calceolariae)
  • Pink hibiscus mealybug (Maconellicoccus hirsutus)
  • Also closely related mealybug & some soft scale including hemispherical scale.
Benefits

Real NephiFIX:

Application

Real NephiFIX are best released in spring & early summer, before mealybug populations build up to high levels. Winter releases are not recommended due to low temperature and the consequent reduction in mealybug populations.

Compatibility

Real NephiFIX is a robust beetle that works effectively between temperatures of 18 - 38 degrees Celsius.

Storage

Seek advice from RealIPM Technical Consultant before introduction. Manage your spray program by looking at the Sensitivity and Compatibility charts. If pesticides are required, always check for side-effects and select products that are least harmful in your IPM program. Use the Biobest Side Effects app or access the Biobest side-effects manual online.