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OVERVIEW: People have eaten strawberries for hundreds of years and today they remain one of the most popular fruits around the world. Strawberries are grown throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere from coastal fields in Florida to glasshouses in Finland. No matter where they are grown, it’s not just people who enjoy strawberries, but unfortunately so do many pests like aphids, spider mites, and thrips. Growers must maintain a high level of control of these pests if they want to protect their crop. Some insects physically attack the fruit while others leave a lasting impact on plant vigor.  Control of insect pests on strawberries has been very successful in recent years primarily due to the use of fresh, aggressive beneficial insects. These biological controls are capable of acting preventatively as generalist mites, feeding on multiple prey and pollen.


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