Hypoaspis is a tiny brown mite that is normally found in the soil or other growing mediums. In order to effectively scout for these mites use a 10-15 X lens and inspect the top 102cm of soil or growing medium. Monitoring population of fungus gnat larvae can also be a good indicator of how well Hypoaspis is establishing in the crops.
Hypoaspis (Gaeolaelaps gillespiei ) is a soil-dwelling predator that is excellent at preventing, controlling, and managing many pests such as root aphids, spider mites, and thrips. They are especially aggressive towards fungus gnats and are able to control infestations quickly. Hypoaspis are also a great option for preventative measures since they can survive on many other pests if thrips or fungus gnats are not available. They have a relatively long life, living on average up to 60-75 days while consuming 1-4 pests a day. Hypoaspis does not diapause and can be used year-round.
Hypoaspis prefers a warm and and relatively humid environment (25°C and over 60% humidity), however it can work effectively at a temperature range of 15-30°C. Since its a soil-dweller these conditions are relative to soil rather then atmospheric conditions. Cooler temperatures can hinder the predators ability to reproduce or develop to a certain degree. They have the ability to work successfully in various environments such as outdoor fields, soilless mediums, greenhouses, interiorscapes, and much more. Please note however Hypoaspis can not survive freezing or flooding conditions.
Pesticide and Other Controls:
Release Rates and Tips:
HypoLiv 25K (Stratiolaelaps scimitus) Mixed Population Amount: 25000
Since Hypoapis is a soil-dweller the effects of foliar sprays are less harmful than soil drenches. Though keep in mind this only works if you are using soil as a growing medium, if using hydroponics then foliar spray maybe just as harmful. Please check the side effect charts of chemical sprays carefully to confirm they will not harm the predator.If you have more question please contact us for a free consultation by one of our PHD entomologist. We would love to help.
Release as soon as possible, but if storage is necessary keep in a dark cool place out of direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate and use within 18 hours of receipt. Release rate varies considerably depending on the crop, infestation level and season of the year. This is just a general release rate, please contact us here to create an IPM program that works for you.