The Red Bean Mite or ludeni mite Tetranychus ludeni is another species of Tetranychid mite. It follows very similar development patterns to the standard spider mite and causes the same damage. It’s appearance is quite different though with the adults becoming larger and developing into a maroon colour.
Persimilis do control them however there is a delay in establishment time, on occasion persimilis do not consume all the large dark red adults if this occurs re treatment is required. To be sure of good ludeni biological control increase initial release by 25% and a second release 3-4 weeks after the first is recommended.
High populations of ludeni or Red Bean Mite will mass at the tops of leaves seeking to disperse themselves to new areas, as seen in the image gallery.
The predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis is used for the successful management of spider mites and has been commercially produced for over 30 years in Australia.
The common horticultural pest in a wide range of crops; Two Spotted Mite (TSM), Tetranychus urticae or red spider mite, can be very hard to control. A short life cycle allows it to rapidly build up populations and resistance to insecticides. Living on the underside of leaves makes good spray coverage and early detection very difficult.
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BanItch is the use of soil dwelling predatory mites that are used to treat the eggs and larval stages of biting midges or sandflies. It is a property management tool that helps in significantly reducing the number of these nuisance biting pests in your gardens and lawns. If biting midges or sandflies are a problem for you head over to our dedicated BanItch section.