Typhlodromus pyri, Amblyseius fallacies, Metaseiulus occidentalis, Hypoaspis spp.
Predatory mites are very fast moving mites, usually found running around leaf surfaces or the soil (Hypoaspis). Their somewhat hairy bodies are generally clear to cream to white in color and teardrop shaped. They are quite small and difficult to see.
All eight of a spider mites legs must turn to goo when predatory mites catch up with them. Spider mites know their fates are sealed and its much worse than just being arrested. As their name suggests, predatory mites mainly target mites, but they will also put the cuffs on thrips, small insect larvae and eggs. Some kinds of predatory mites (Hypoaspis) go after soil-dwelling culprits like fungal gnat larvae. Predatory mites are extremely beneficial in controlling pests late in the season.
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