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Stratiolaelaps scimitus

Stratiolaelaps scimitus predatory mite


Soil-dwelling mite Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles) is native to North America. Adults are light brown and less than 1 mm long. They move quickly at the soil’s surface. This species feeds on several pest insects, mites and invertebrates. Ideal for an in-depth “cleaning” of the soil before starting the season.

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Targeted crops

  • Market garden crops (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, etc.)
  • Ornamental plants (begonia, gerbera, chrysanthemum, rose, etc.)
  • Mushrooms
  • Bedding Plants
  • Potted plants (hibiscus, poinsettia, anthurium, etc.)
  • Bulbous plants (tulip, narcissus, amarayllis, etc.)
  • Plant nursery
  • Poultry houses and breeding birds and reptiles

Targeted pests

  • Sciaridae (fungus gnats)
  • Small fruits thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis)
  • Pest mites
  • Root mealybugs
  • Bulb mites (Rhizoglyphus spp.)
  • Collembola
  • Vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)
  • Nematode pests

Life cycle

  • Stratiolaelaps scimitus has a life cycle of about 18 days at 20 °C (68 °F).
  • The sex ratio is equal, 1 female for every male.
  • Eggs hatch in 2 to 3 days.
  • Each Stratiolaelaps scimitus eats 1-5 prey per day.
  • If they lack food, they become detritivorous, eating algae and vegetable debris.



  • 25 000 adults

Introduction rate

Stratiolaelaps scimitus
Introduction Quantity Surface Frequency Duration
Preventive 100 per m2 Repeat the treatment
after 2-3 weeks.
2 introductions in total
Curative light 250 per m2 as needed as needed
Curative heavy 500 per m2 as needed as needed

Targeted pest

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