Bugs this week – spider mites

This week a lot of spidermites and predators crossed my road. A beauty to see the interaction between the spider mites – predators – climate. With a good climate and with good ecology in and around the production site.

Below you see a (quite – sand road is a pity) good example of a nice climate for predators and strawberries: grass (or better a grass – cloaver – flower mix) around and below the tabletops. Advantages:
– development of a natural predator population right around the strawberries
– buffer for predators
– attraction of predators like hover flies, lacewings, feltiella etc
– an excellent climate for strawberries: a humidity buffer in dry periods – causing less problems with milldew, cooler climate and a better production.


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