Stratiolaelaps scimitus; predatory mite against thrips pupae

fairly large predatory mites (up to 1 mm) with a brown body and legs. Females have a white stripe on the rear part of their body. Males are smaller than females. The predatory mites can be found in the upper layer of the soil and around the plant base. They move very quickly through the soil.

Mode of action:

Stratiolaelaps scimitus is mostly present in the upper part of the soil where it preys on thrips pupae and other soil dwelling organisms such as fungus gnats.


is used for the control of eggs, larvae and pupae of fungus gnats, but also for other soil-dwelling insects, such as springtails, thrips pupae, nematodes and eggs of Duponchelia fovealis are also eaten. Consider repeated introductions. The product is sensitive to various chemical pesticides. Ask for advice on deployment strategy.

effect of ENTOMITE-M:

  • Stratiolaelaps scimitus is mainly active in upper soil layer
  • when prey is available and humidity is around 50% is will settle rather easily
  • predatory mites can hardly be seen by naked eye
  • organisms that have been preyed upon are not easily recognized

The product ENTOMITE-M:

Product: 10.000 of 50.000 predatory mites (all mobile stages) in vermiculite with peat in a cardboard tube.

Shelf life: a maximum of 2 days at 10-15 ° C lying in the dark. Do not store together with other organic products.

Climate: the optimum temperature is 22-25 ° C. Below 10 ° C  population growth will stop. From 32 ° C the mortality is high. The mites prefer humid environments.


  • thripspupae in the soil
  • springtails
  • larvae of fungus gnats in the soil
  • eggs of european pepper moth in the soil