I recently had a mite outbreak in my collection. It stemmed from some chicken feed I purchased at the local agricultural supply for feeding my roach colonies. Grain mites are generally regarded as harmless, but I noticed them latching on to my nymphs. They spread into all my tropical enclosures. My millipedes seemed to be the most bothered by them. I would frequently see them thrashing about frantically and grooming their legs trying to rid themselves of the pests. I dried my roach bin out which seemed to take care of the problem, but as soon as I bumped the humidity back up they exploded again.
I elected to use biological warfare.
Hypoaspis miles are small predatory mites that feed on other small insects, their eggs, and larvae. They are commonly used in greenhouses to control other mites and tiny flies that are common in high humidity settings.
I purchased mine from Evergreen Growers Supply. They come in a plastic tube containing one liter of media (peat and vermiculite) which equates to approximately 10,000 mites. This tube is enough to treat 1000 square feet of garden space.
I applied this media to all of my humid enclosures liberally making sure to follow the instructions printed on the tube. For the first few days I didn't notice any drastic improvement in my enclosures, but after about a week i was hard pressed to find any mites except for the Hypoaspis miles I had introduced. Now at roughly two months later I have not seen a single mite in any of my enclosures except for the symbiotic mites found on hissing cockroaches. I believe these particular mites were too large for the miniscule H. miles to successfully attack.
I plan on re-applying once yearly, and will be experimenting with culturing my on H. miles mites. I have read that they will feed on springtails which are commonly cultured for Dart frog vivariums. A humid bin full of leaf litter, peat, and rotting wood should suffice to culture "living soil" for a colony of Isopods, and H. miles mites providing that springtails are offered every few days as a food source for the mites.
In summary, the H. miles predatory mites are an extremely effective form of mite control for humid, tropical enclosures. When used in conjunction with isopods, they should effectively clean your enclosures of mites, and help to prevent future outbreaks.