spider vs russet mites

nanelle_gw(9/Sunset 14)June 21, 2005

I've finally decided my most persistant pest/disease problem is mites, but I don't know what kind. Those russet mites sound like a major problem. Which ones are these? you might be able to see a few more pictures by clicking on the "prev" and "next" buttons. I'll post a picute on another thread with the damage.

Here is a link that might be useful: might these be mites?

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farkee(Florida)

Hi Nanelle, that picture is not spitder mites. SM are very, very small--1/50 of an inch!!! You need a 10x hand lens to really see them when they first start developing , later you may observe webbing on the underside of leaf and the tiny spider mites in the webbing.

Growers use potent miticides --the homeowner , insecticidal soaps and oil.

Is there any chance you have an extension office near by?? Run a few leaves over there and they will look under a microscope and tell you for sure. Best of luck--I saw your beautiful plants in the gallery so hope you get these difficult pests under control. Farkee

Here is a link that might be useful: Excellent link on spider mites

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 9:30AM
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farkee(Florida)

I always seem to forget something--I just saw your title of thread. Russet mites can be controlled with sulphur. I would ask specifically at the extension if they are russet mites or 2-spotted. Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 9:35AM
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