Mite and Spider Mite – How to control

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Mite and

Spider Mite

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.

Solution: Mites

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.

 


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