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Stratiolaelaps scimitus

Hypoaspis miles

Soil-living mite (formerly Hypoaspis miles) is a predatory mite. Target: nonmotile stage of thrips, larvae of sciarid fly, soil aphid, Ephydridae, root mealybug etc.

 

Unit of packaging

Tube contains 10 000-50 000 species of all instars.

 

Transportation and storage

To store in the dark.

Storage temperature: 15-20°C.

Storage after receipt: 2 days.

Application

Introduce preventively to control thrips and sciarid. If no prey, predator eats seaweed and substrate. More effective biological control gained if Stratiolaelaps scimitus applied together with Steinernema feltiae.

Introduction ratio

50-100 species per m2 every two weeks.

Conditions

Soil should have loose structure and temperate humid. Higher temperature threshold: 34°С, lower temperature threshold: 10 °С. Predator becomes active at 15 °С.

Appearance

Color: light brown, size: 1mm.

Life cycle

Female lays 100-200 eggs to soil during its life. In 2-3 days young nymphs hatch. First larva instar does not feed, further instars as adults are predators. Life cycle from eggs to larva lasts 34 days at 15 °С, 17 days at 20 °С, 10 days at 25 °С. Life period depends on sex and prey availability (females have shorter life period). If no prey, predators can live more than two months.

Characteristics

Not compatible with lots of insecticides applied under root.