Mites Predatory may look like pest mites, but take a closer look: Up close you’ll see that the predators move faster and have fewer hairs.
Predatory mites are found throughout North America; several species are also sold commercially.
Predatory mites attack spider mites, especially European red mites and citrus red mites. Some also feed on pollen, thrips, or other types of mites.
Adults are minute, beige to reddish tan, fast-moving mites, 1?50 inch long. Nymphs are similar to adults, but smaller and lighter in color.
Getting Them on Your Side
` Avoid pesticide use. ` Sustain native species by sprinkling pollen (especially from ice plants, cattails, or dandelions) on plants.
` For apples and strawberries, release Metaseiulus occiden - talis to control European red mites and other spider mites.
` In greenhouses, release Phytoseiulus persimilisor other species to control spider mites (except on tomatoes).
` Release Amblyseius cucumeristo control small thrips on peppers and cucumbers.