Hypermite Soil Pest Predator 1 Litre
Hypermite Soil Pest Predator 1 Litre known as Stratiolaelaps scimitus
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Hyper-Mite is a soil-dwelling predatory mite that feeds on fungus gnats (mycetophilids, sciarid flies), shore flies, the pupae of thrips and other insects, mites and nematodes in soil and growing media. It is also proving to be very useful against the pollen cap mite (Tyrophagus neiswanderi) in cymbidiums.
Hyper-Mite is useful in greenhouse vegetable and ornamental crops, including bulbs, as part of an integrated pest management programme.
Hyper-Mite is a small pale brown, highly mobile mite with a lot of energy! Adult mites are 0.5-1.0 mm long and are commonly found in the top few centimetres of soil or compost.
Below 12 C, Hyper-Mite becomes inactive, and development stops when temperatures fall below 8 C. The species does not hibernate (diapause) and is able to survive for 6-8 weeks without prey by feeding on decaying organic matter.
Hyper-Mite uses its saw-like mouth parts to puncture and slice prey tissue which is then sucked up leaving a shrivelled prey body. They prefer feeding on younger fungus gnat larvae, and adults can consume 1-5 prey per day. Both adult and immature Hyper-Mite are predatory.
Hyper-Mite is also a predator of thrips pupae in the soil, however, they do not provide sufficient control of thrips on their own. Use in combination with Mite-A and/or Orius. Together these organisms provide a powerful method of thrips management.
Hyper-Mite is not considered harmful to humans or animals, and no environmental effects are expected.
*** These are ordered in fresh so expect a few days delay before dispatch ***
*** Please also note these are living and are ordered in to ensure freshness, they also may not be suitable for Rural locations due to longer delivery times and with this being a Living product they are not returnable or refundable ***