Mobile predatory mites that feed on Fungus Gnat larvae and other ‘soil’ pests including Thrip pupae and Mealybug larvae. 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. They can also exist in lower temperatures, min 12c.
They work by patrolling the soil for any emerging prey, highly effective and once established can often maintain their own population and act as prevention for any potential outbreaks in the future.
In conjunction with Steinernema Feltiae they offer extremely effective eradication of Fungus Gnat.
Type: Predatory mite.
How it works: Mites feed on Fungus GNnat larvae and other ‘soil’ pests including springtails, thrips pupae and root mealybug. 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. 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.
Species controlled: Bradysia spp. and many other insect or mite pests.
When to use: Introduce into most growing media including artificial substrates. Use as a preventative or at the first sign of sciarids. Requires a minimum temperature of 12°C.
Rates of use: 100 per m2 usually as a single application. For permanently planted areas (interior landscapes, botanic gardens etc.) re-introduce every 10 to 12 weeks.