A prototype device for applying beneficial mites to a greenhouse crop

A method of evenly distributing beneficial mites throughout a greenhouse using a novel device.

The Need

Beneficial insects and mites feed on plant pests to improve overall plant health in greenhouses. Also called "biological controls," these mites are a valuable tool in pest management. Current distribution methods typically blow the mites over the crops, which result in uneven application, or shake them by hand over the crops, which requires extensive manpower and time. The greenhouse industry has a need to distribute these mites quickly and evenly over the crops.

The Technology

Researchers at The Ohio State University have created a prototype device to evenly distributes mites and their substrate onto the plants below. The motorized device can be used manually or via attchment to a rail system for automated distribution. This device improves the current standard and reduces resources required for mite distribution to improve greenhouse plant health.

Commercial Applications

  • Agriculture
  • Greenhouse plant growth
  • Mite control

Benefits/ Advantages

  • Even application
  • Lightweight
  • Handheld
  • Can be mounted in the greenhouse
  • Lower particulate hazard than blowing
  • Faster and less effort than application by hand
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