Stratiolaelaps scimitus (formerly called Hypoaspis miles) is a soil dwelling, generalist mite that feeds on fungus gnat larvae, pupating thrips, pathogenic nematodes, immature root aphids, and small insects in your substrate. Preventative applications will protect against many of the most common pests that feed on your roots or have a life stage in the soil. They can also be released onto the floors and corners of room and greenhouses.
How It Works
• Stratiolaelaps scimitus are normally found within the top half inch of soil, growing media or surface debris. Females lay eggs, which hatch after six days at 20°C / 68°F producing larvae that actively feed for 10 days and continue to feed as adults. Adult mites live for several months when food is readily available, feeding on a wide range of soil/growing media pests.
• Stratiolaelaps scimitus are mobile and readily find nutrition and water required for development. They are able to tolerate periods when soil moisture levels are low.
• They prey on fungus gnat larvae and consume thrips larvae and pupae that drop to the growing media, making Stratiolaelaps a useful addition to other Thrips biological control agents.
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