, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 137–152 | Cite as

Biocontrol of the shore fly Scatella tenuicosta with Hypoaspis miles and H. aculeifer in peat pots

  • Irene Vänninen
  • Heini Koskula


Hypoaspis miles Berlese and H. aculeiferCanestrini (Acari: Laelapidae) were usedagainst Scatella tenuicosta Collin(Diptera: Ephydridae) at the rates of 7, 14and 36 mites per 0.3-l peat pot (1000, 2000 and5000 per net-m2 of peat) with mint (Mentha piperita L.) as the crop. The predatorswere applied either one day (preventivecontrol) or nine days after (curative control)exposing the pots to the flies in thegreenhouse. Based on the number of flies thatemerged from the pots, the control efficacy of preventive H. aculeifer treatments at therate of 36 mites per pot was 84–100% and 92–97% (range over four replicate blocks)after two and three weeks, respectively, fromthe application. The control efficacy ofcurative treatments was 93–100% and 83–94% after two and three weeks, respectively,from the application. Preventive treatmentswith H. miles applied at the rate of 36per pot controlled the flies by 92–100% and 68–97% two and three weeks, respectively, afterthe application. Curative treatments with 36H. miles per pot were less effective (−53–68% and −16–65%, respectively). All treatments with lower mite rates with eitherspecies were ineffective. Due to moreconsistent reduction of fly numbers by Hypoaspis aculeifer, the species was concluded to be a better biocontrol agent ofshore flies in short-term greenhouse cropsgrown in peat pots, probably due to its higherpredation capacity in comparison to H. miles.

biological control Chlamydomonas sp. Cyanophyceae greenhouse crops Hypoaspis aculeifer Hypoaspis miles Scatella tenuicosta shore fly 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Vänninen
    • 1
  • Heini Koskula
    • 1
  1. 1.Agriculture Research Finland (MTT), Plant Production Research, Plant ProtectionJokioinenFinland;

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