Predatory Mites

Discussion in 'Garden Pest Management and Identification' started by Junglekeeper, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Can anyone share their experience using predatory mites to control spider mites in an enclosed environment such as in a small greenhouse? Do the predator and prey populations reach equilibrium so that they become self-sustaining or is it wishful thinking?
     
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    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    to my knowledge the cycle for predators is that you introduce the small amount of predators to the food source problem pest, the predators feed and reproduce, the second generation is a quantity that will significantly reduce the pest population possibly to extinction where it then dies back (the predator) to a population that is sustainable by the food source (unless that is gone). Evergro Westgro is a supplier locally for predators and they have good information available.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Hi, jimmyq. I've been doing some reading on usenet. Apparently, if the conditions are right the predators will wipe out the prey then die out from a lack of food. I guess they're too efficient for their own good. The Evergro website also listed a predatory ladybug which I was not aware of. Looks like I have to do more research on this.
     
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    Do you know where i can get dome of these predators in B.C Canada
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Back then when I made an inquiry with Westgro they directed me to order from local retail outlets. I won't list them since your location does not indicate which city you're in. Most, if not all, nurseries around Vancouver offer predators for sale. I ended up ordering from Koppert Biological Systems. They have a wide selection of predators, not just mites. I've heard that some online sites are supplied by them.
     

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