Hypoaspis (also known as Stratiolaelaps scimitus) are mobile predatory mites that feed on sciarid fly larvae and other 'soil' pests including springtails, thrips pupae, root weevils, root aphids and root mealybug. They will also control overwintering spider mites.
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Mobile predatory mites that feed on sciarid fly larvae and other 'soil' pests including springtails, thrips pupae and root mealybug. Adults are reported to live for several months and survive up to 50 days without food, making them ideal in situations of very low pest populations. At night they move a short distance up, on to the plant foliage and will feed on mealybug and other soft bodied prey. Mites are very mobile and soon distribute themselves throughout the crop.
100 mites per square metre. For permanently planted areas (interior landscapes, botanic gardens etc.) re-introduce every 10 to 12 weeks.
Use as a preventative or at the first sign of pests. Requires a minimum temperature of 12°C.
Mix the predators evenly through the carrier material by gently rotating and tilting the tub. Remove the lid and scatter the husks on the soil among the plants. A shaker tub of 10,000 mites should be enough for at least 200 per square metre of surface area. However, you cannot overdose the treatment, higher application rates will result in quicker clear up rates.