Stratiolaelaps scimitus
soil dwelling predator

Stratiolaelaps scimitus, formerly known as Hypoaspis miles, is a soil-living predatory mite that colonise the first layer of the substrate feeding on small arthropods or, in lack, on organic debris. Its use in biological control on ornamental and vegetables crops contributes reducing the pupal stages of the thrips or, more in general, the larval stages of noxious insects like the fungus gnats (sciarid flies). A further application concerns the control of various mites that affect birds, reptilians, arachnids or terrestrial crustaceans breed for amateur purposes.