In recent decades, the focus on crop production has moved from yield to quality, safety, and sustainability. To achieve this goal, the concept of integrated pest management strategies based on biocontrol agents has gained importance. Several kinds of mite predators occur in nature that can regulate mite populations. The fundamentals of a biocontrol program are to precisely recognize the pest and to find efficient predators using their life table parameters, foraging behavior, and trophic interactions.
The damp, moist environment in greenhouses favor both fungus gnats and shoreflies. Fungus gnat larvae are translucent, white and legless, about 1/4 inch long when mature and have a shiny black head. Sentry and Gaeolaelaps Gillespie are some of the beneficial insects available to help rid crops of fungus gnats.