Mass Production of Predatory Mites and Their Efficacy for Controlling Pests

  • Faten MomenEmail author
  • Shimaa Fahim
  • Marwa Barghout


Biological control has long been recognized as an effective and an environmentally safe pest management method. Several species of Mesostigmata and Prostigmata predatory mites are effective biological control agents against several phytophagous mites and insects also nematodes. Based on predator feeding habits, biological characteristics of it can be affected by nutritional value of the prey. Acari predators are mass reared on a wide scale of natural food sources like mites belonging to families Eriophyidae, Tetranychidae, Tarsonemidae, Tenuipalpidae and Tydeidae, also insects like whiteflies, mealybugs and thrips, or on factitious food like storage mites and insect eggs. Hence, a cost for predator’s mass production is a fundamental precondition; this chapter discussed the rearing method on various diets referring to the advantages, the cost and benefit as well as the abundance of these predators and the possibility of their application and success, especially in Egypt.


Predacious mites Phytophagous mites Eriophyidae Tetranychidae Tarsonemidae Tenuipalpidae and Tydeidae Life table parameters 


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  1. 1.Pests and Plant Protection DepartmentNational Research CentreDokki, CairoEgypt

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