Description: Mites are hardly visible to the eye, but their
webbing is the telltale sign of infestation. They feed
on most indoor plants, apple and peach trees, evergreens
and strawberries, causing yellowing, first along the
veins and then over the entire leaf surface. Fruit trees
with severe mite damage will have small, poorly colored
fruit and early drop. Leaves dry, curl slightly upward;
a copper color develops on the bottom of the leaf, and
leaves are covered with a fine web.
are not common on unsprayed fruit trees, as many naturally
occurring predators feed on all mite species. Mites
only become a problem when insecticides are repeatedly
used during summer months, wiping out the beneficial
insects. Green Lacewings are good predators of mites.
For quick knockdown, use PyolaTM Insecticidal
Spray. On fruit trees, Oil-AwayTM Insecticidal
Spray or Eco-OilTM Insecticidal
Spray will smother mite eggs without eliminating
natural predators; apply late in the dormant period
- at bud break - when eggs are most vulnerable.