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Preventive Control

Natural enemies


  1. Lacewing
  2. Minute pirate bug
  3. Predatory mites
  4. Rove beetles
  5. Predatory thrips

Management and cultural practices

  1. Provide plants with adequate water. Water-stressed plants are prone to damage by mites (Malinoski; et. al., 2000).
  2. Remove weeds also on field margins and irrigation ditches.
  3. Avoid the use of broad spectrum insecticide for this may cause a mites' outbreak. This practice kills the natural enemies of mites and stimulates mites' reproduction (Olkowski; Daar; Olkowski, H, 1991: pp. 360-361).
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