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spider vs russet mites

Posted by Nanelle 9/Sunset 14 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 21, 05 at 1:22

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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RE: spider vs russet mites

  • Posted by farkee 10 B South Fl. (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 21, 05 at 9:30

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


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RE: spider vs russet mites**

  • Posted by farkee 10 B South Fl. (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 21, 05 at 9:35

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!


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