Available natural enemies and their potential for control

There are many highly effective predators of mites.The potential for successful biological control is high.

Order Acari: Mites and ticks

Family Acaridae: Acarid mites

Bulb mite, Rhizoglyphus echinopus

Family Tarsonemidae:

Tarsonemid mites

Cyclamen mite, Phytonemus pallidus

Broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus

Family Tetranychidae: Spider mites

Twospotted spider mite,

Tetranychus urticae

Carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus Lewis mite, Eotetranychus lewisi ites are not true insects because the adults have only two main body regions and eight legs.The newly hatched young, called larvae, have only three pairs of legs. After the first molt,all subsequent instars,called nymphs, have four pairs of legs. Mites are abundant in soil and organic matter, and many parasitize vertebrates or invertebrates. Others are predaceous, scavengers, or plant eaters.There are numerous families of mites and ticks, but only those species of economic importance for greenhouses are discussed here.

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