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1 August 2006 Evaluation of Predatory Mites and Acramite for Control of Twospotted Spider Mites in Strawberries in North Central Florida
Elena M. Rhodes, Oscar E. Liburd
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Greenhouse and field experiments were conducted from 2003 to 2005 to determine the effectiveness of two predatory mite species, Phytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot and Neoseiulus californicus (McGregor), and a reduced-risk miticide, Acramite 50 WP (bifenazate), for control of twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, in strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa Duchesne). In greenhouse tests, three treatments consisting of releases of P. persimilis, N. californicus, and an untreated control were evaluated. Both species of predatory mites significantly reduced twospotted spider mite numbers below those found in the control during the first 3 wk of evaluation. However, during week 4, twospotted spider mite numbers on the plants treated with P. persimilis increased and did not differ significantly from the control. Field studies used releases of P. persimilis and N. californicus, applications of Acramite, and untreated control plots. Both N. californicus and P. persimilis significantly reduced populations of twospotted spider mite below numbers recorded in the control plots. During the 2003–2004 field season P. persimilis took longer than N. californicus to bring the twospotted spider mite population under control (<10 mites per leaflet). Acramite was effective in reducing twospotted spider mite populations below 10 mites per leaflet during the 2003–2004 field season but not during the 2004–2005 field season, possibly because of a late application. These findings indicate that N. californicus releases and properly timed Acramite applications are promising options for twospotted spider mite control in strawberries for growers in north Florida and other areas of the southeast.

Elena M. Rhodes and Oscar E. Liburd "Evaluation of Predatory Mites and Acramite for Control of Twospotted Spider Mites in Strawberries in North Central Florida," Journal of Economic Entomology 99(4), 1291-1298, (1 August 2006).
Received: 22 September 2005; Accepted: 1 March 2006; Published: 1 August 2006

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Neoseiulus californicus
Phytoseiulus persimilis
twospotted spider mite
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