12 Sep

Miniature Battle Mites

If you have ever enjoyed a bowl of juicy strawberries, peaches, or pears, you can thank an unsung eight-legged hero. That goes for your vegetables too. If you decide to go out and find this magnificent arachnid, you won’t find him. And it’s not because he is shy. The Western predatory mite isn’t afraid of the limelight, yet if you want to find him, you will need a powerful magnifying glass.

Tiny Western Warrior
The western predatory mite is tiny. Take a look at your hair; now turn it so you are looking at one of the tips. The diameter of your hair is a little bit smaller than the size of a predatory mite. Now that is small. You might be asking yourself, what good can something so tiny do for my produce? As its name suggests, the western predatory mite is a skilled predator. Every day, the tiny fighter runs across the leaves and fruit of trees, shrubs, and vegetable patches looking for a fight.

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Troublemaker Spider Mites
Predatory mites fight for living space next to spider mites. Spider mites attack plants, causing leaves to die and fruit to blister. Enough of them can ruin a good crop of your favorite fruits and vegetables. These insalubrious mites suck the life out of plant tissues. The ravenous spider mites can cause serious damage. This is where the western predatory mite steps in. The predatory mite destroys spider mites.

The Western Warrior Attacks
When a western predatory mite finds a destructive spider mite, it charges and sinks its needle like mouth deep into the offender and sucks them dry. Predatory mites will kill anywhere from two to five spider mites each day. It might not sound like very much, but when you take into consideration that there are thousands of these tiny western warriors in a single field, the number of pest casualties increases dramatically. Predatory mites will also devour the eggs of the spider mite pests. Farmers will buy western predatory mites and sprinkle them on their crops. Sprinkle? Yes! Western Predatory mites come packaged in something that looks like a large salt or sugar shaker. If there are hotspots of pest mite damage, farmers can shake hundreds of little western predatory fighters down amid the unsuspecting villains.

Western predatory mites can also act as plant bodyguards. If there aren’t any delicious spider mites to eat, the predatory mite will supplement its diet with pollen grains. Because of this evolutionary advantage, you can sprinkle western predatory mites on your plants before the pests ever start to threaten your crops. They can act like an immunization shot for the plant.

Thanks to the Mighty Mite
Next time you sit down to enjoy a bowl of cherries or fresh cut peaches; you can thank the tiny western predatory mite for keeping your fruit and vegetables safe. Now pass the sugar shaker… and hope its sugar.

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