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ATHETA - 500

ATHETA - 500

against moths, thrips, fungus gnats

ATHETA is a native, soil-dwelling predatory beetle that can be used for biological control of sciarid flies and various other pests such as shore flies, springtails, thrips pupae and eggs and larvae of moth flies. Both adult beetles and larvae eat pest species, such as fungus gnats. ATHETA is suitable for use in various cultivation substrates. The product is available in 500 ml tubes containing 3000 adults and larvae.

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Product type
predatory beetle
moths, thrips, fungus gnats
cardboard tube with 500 predators on carrier
Shelf life
2-3 days at 13°C
Duration of effect
2-5 weeks
Delivery time
5 days
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What is ATHETA?

ATHETA (Atheta coriaria) are generalist rove beetles. They are light-shy soil beetles that can control various insect pests in growing substrates. The predatory beetles are slender; light to dark brown in color and about 4 mm in size. You can use ATHETA for the biological control of sciarid flies; shore fly; springtails; thrips pupae; and eggs and larvae of moth flies. Eggs and small larvae of Duponchelia moths are also preyed upon by ATHETA.

How does ATHETA work?

ATHETA actively searches for prey and can fly very well. This allows them to spread well through the greenhouse. They can also easily adapt to different growing substrates provided the conditions are not too dry. Both larvae and adult beetles hunt for prey; consumign about 10 to 20 prey per day. There is no diapause in greenhouses. This means you can use this product all year round.

How to combine ATHETA

If you are going to use ATHETA for the biological control of sciarid mosquitoes; you can combine this product with ENTONEM. These nematodes are most effective in the garden. When using HORIVER yellow sticky traps to monitor the presence of pests; it is advisable to check that there are not too many flying predatory beetles on the plates. Wellicht is het beter om ze dan (tijdelijk) weg te halen.