Hypoaspis miles is
a small brown mite and approximately 1 mm long.
Pest-This mite is a
polyphagous species which feeds on variety of soil organisms, including
mites, sciarid fly larvae (fungus gnat larva), and thrips larvae (which have dropped to soil
Biology- H. miles
lives its entire
life directly in the soil. The adult female lays her eggs there. Upon
hatching the nymphs almost immediately start to feed. Optimum conditions
include a soil temperature range between 17-22°C.
Under such conditions, the life span of this species is about 13 days.
One adult mite can consume up to 7 fungus gnat fly larvae a day.
Populations of these mites are slow to establish & build, so it is best to
introduce them before the pest problem becomes severe.
Care must be taken
with pesticides that have been incorporated into the soil or insecticidal
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