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Predators of thrips larvae from Beneficial Bug Co

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Operating from its Hawkesbury campus at the University of Western Sydney, Beneficial Bug Co  offers biological agents such as Monty, in order to control thrips.

Monty, Typhlodromips montdorensis from Beneficial Bug Co is used to manage the pest thrips in a sustainable manner. The use of Typhlodromips montdorensis from Beneficial Bug Co helps in reducing the use of synthetic pesticides and it avoids resistance of thrips to chemicals. Monty is an Australian mite and it survives in high temperature. It is ideal for glasshouse crops like cut flowers and cucumbers. The life cycle is six days and three to four eggs are laid by the female per day.

Monty is pear shaped mite and during the larval stages, the males and females are creamy and pale in colour. Monty feeds on range of thrips species including melon thrips, western flower thrips, plague thrips, onion thrips and tomato thrips. It is noted that still research is carried on Monty predating on tomato russet mite, two spotted mite, broad mite and cyclamen mite. Monty’s from Beneficial Bug Co is used in controlling thrips affecting crops like Gerbera, strawberries, capsicums, cucumbers and chrysanthemums.

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