Females lay their eggs near the soil surface, and these hatch into six-legged larvae. There are two further nymph stages and a life cycle can be completed in 10 days at 25 °C, but can vary from 7-30 days depending on temperature.
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, alone they do not provide sufficient control of thrips.
Hyper-Mite™ is not considered harmful to humans or animals, and no environmental effects are expected.
Hyper-Mite™ will survive in most potting mixes, rockwool and perlite.
|Greenhouse crops:||Low pest pressure:||100 predators per metre squared||1 litre per 100 square metres, or,
1 litre per cubic metre growing media
|Higher pest pressure:||200 - 1000 predators per metre squared||1 litre per 10 - 50 square metres|
|Outdoor crops:||Use 20 litres per hectare|
Hyper-Mite™ need the following handling and treatment:
- On arrival, release Hyper-Mite™ as soon as possible
- ™ can be stored for a maximum of 2 days at 10-15 °C
- DO NOT REFRIGERATE
- ™ should be sprinkled around the base of the infested plant, incorporated into the growing media before potting-up plants, or placed in a small pile on the rockwool or coir block.
Hyper-Mite™ may take 2-3 weeks to exert an effect on pest populations. Hyper-Mite™ can be hard to find in soil or growing media, therefore monitor pest numbers to determine the need for further releases.
Re-application of Hyper-Mite™ is recommended to ‘hot spots’ should some pests remain.
Before introducing Hyper-Mite™ into your crop please check residual chemical affects and ensure you know chemical compatibilities of products that may be applied.
This product is drop-shipped by the manufacturer to ensure the highest biological quality. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further queries