Beneficial Invertebrates

Hyper-Mite™ for Fungus Gnat Control

NZ $15.00 excl GST

Hyper-Mite™ is a soil-dwelling predatory mite that feeds on fungus gnats (mycetophilids, sciarid flies) and other insects, mites and nematodes in soil and growing media. PRICE: $15.00 per litre (10,000 mites per litre, minimum order) plus GST and Freight

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Beneficial Invertebrates

Stratiolaelaps scimitus (formerly known as Hypoaspis miles) Hyper-Mite.pdf

Hyper-Mite™ is useful in greenhouse vegetable and ornamental crops, including bulbs, as part of an integrated pest management programme.

Hyper-Mite™ is also proving to be very useful against the pollen cap mite (Tyrophagus neiswanderi) in cymbidiums.
Important Information

Same week delivery is not guaranteed as products are subject to availability. If unsure, please contact Bioforce directly, although be assured that we always aim to deliver as promptly as possible.

Products will only be sent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and will not be sent on public holidays. Orders placed after 1pm on Wednesday will likely be sent the following week. Please contact Bioforce directly by phone if immediate delivery is required, and we will endeavour to accommodate you. As these products are live organisms, it is important that they arrive quickly to their destination, and we do not send when it is possible they will be in transit over a weekend. Next day delivery is not guaranteed and customers should follow up with CourierPost using the tracking information provided on dispatch.

Bioforce will contact the purchaser advising you of the intended sending date, but only if products will not be shipped within the week of purchase. Please do not purchase the product online if you are unsure, however if the product has been purchased and you are unhappy with the delivery date, we will happily refund you the full amount. Please contact us immediately to complete this, as there will be no refunds once the goods have been sent.
Hyper-Mite™ is a small pale brown, highly mobile mite with a lot of energy! Adult mites are 0.5-1.0 mm long and are commonly found in the top few centimetres of soil or compost.

Females lay their eggs near the soil surface, and these hatch into six-legged larvae. There are two further nymph stages and a life cycle can be completed in 10 days at 25 °C, but can vary from 7-30 days depending on temperature.

Below 12 °C, Hyper-Mite™ becomes inactive, and development stops when temperatures fall below 8 °C. The species does not hibernate (diapause) and is able to survive for 6-8 weeks without prey by feeding on decaying organic matter.

Hyper-Mite™ uses its saw-like mouth parts to puncture and slice prey tissue which is then sucked up leaving a shrivelled prey body. They prefer feeding on younger fungus gnat larvae, and adults can consume 1-5 prey per day. Both adult and immature Hyper-Mite™ are predatory.

Hyper-Mite™ is also a predator of thrips pupae in the soil, however, alone they do not provide sufficient control of thrips.

Hyper-Mite™ is not considered harmful to humans or animals, and no environmental effects are expected.
Hyper-Mite™ survives well in most greenhouse conditions and is not harmed by regular watering, although flooded or waterlogged areas are not tolerated. Optimum conditions for development are 20-30 °C, and soil temperatures above 30 °C are harmful.

Hyper-Mite™ will survive in most potting mixes, rockwool and perlite.
Greenhouse crops: Low pest pressure: 100 predators per metre squared 1 litre per 100 square metres, or,
1 litre per cubic metre growing media
  Higher pest pressure: 200 - 1000 predators per metre squared 1 litre per 10 - 50 square metres
Outdoor crops: Use 20 litres per hectare    
Repeated applications may be needed for heavy pest infestations.
Hyper-Mite™ is supplied in a mixture of vermiculite and mould mites as a food source for the predators. There are a minimum of 10,000 predatory mites per litre of mixture.
Hyper-Mite™ need the following handling and treatment:
  • On arrival, release Hyper-Mite™ as soon as possible
  • Hyper-Mite
  • ™ can be stored for a maximum of 2 days at 10-15 °C
  • Hyper-Mite
  • ™ should be sprinkled around the base of the infested plant, incorporated into the growing media before potting-up plants, or placed in a small pile on the rockwool or coir block.
Hyper-Mite™ may take 2-3 weeks to exert an effect on pest populations. Hyper-Mite™ can be hard to find in soil or growing media, therefore monitor pest numbers to determine the need for further releases.

Re-application of Hyper-Mite™ is recommended to ‘hot spots’ should some pests remain.

Before introducing Hyper-Mite™ into your crop please check residual chemical affects and ensure you know chemical compatibilities of products that may be applied.

A list of compatible pesticides and withholding periods can be found in the publication ‘The Good Bug Book’ Second Edition (2002), Editor Richard Llewellyn.


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