Sciarid Fly Pest Solution: Hypoaspis Miles
Adult Hypoaspis (Pronounced: HYPE-O-ASP-ISS) are soil-dwelling mites which grow up to 1mm in length, they are pale brown in colour. The younger, nymph stage is almost white.
Hypoaspis naturally inhabits the top layer of soil or compost. It is used for controlling Sciarid flies (also known as fungus gnats).
Hypoaspis Life Cycle
Egg to adult takes about 34 days at 15ºC (60ºF) and 9 days at 28ºC. Hypoaspis adults and larvae both feed on sciarid larvae, but prefer the younger stages.
Hypoaspis can live for several weeks without the presence of food, and therfore can be used as preventatively. Adults will remain active for 4 or 5 months with a ready food supply.
- Hypoaspis requires a minimum temperature of 10ºC (50ºF).
- Hypoapis prefers moist conditions and temperatures between 16ºC and 30ºC.
- Hypoaspis should be used on the day of receipt.
- Like all of Defenders biological controls, Hypoaspis will not become a pest in its own right and is harmless to children, pets and wildlife!
Biological Sciarid Fly Control Product Details
Hypoaspis predators are supplied mixed with peat and vermiculite and sent out in an easy to use sprinkler pack, they are simply sprinkled on to effected plants, (approx. 1 teaspoon full per pot).
All packs of Hypoaspis are sent with full release instructions contained in the document wallet on the package.
Remember! Biological controls are living creatures and can be effected by chemical usage. If you've used any persistent pesticides recently check with us before ordering Hypoaspis. As a general rule stop using pyrethrum 4 days before, derris 1-2 weeks before and soft soap insecticides 1 day before releasing Hypoaspis.