How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Avocado brown mite—Oligonychus punicae

Adult mites have eight legs and an oval body, with two red eyespots near the head end of the body. They lack antennae and body segmentation. They usually have numerous bristles covering the legs and body. The head is much lighter than the rest of the body.

Damage

If mite numbers get too high, plants are stunted and leaves begin to look dry and turn brown.

Solutions

In the home garden, some mites can be tolerated. However, if numbers get too high, treat carefully with insecticidal oil and water. Be sure the spray gets on the undersides of leaves, where mites are located. Mites also have several natural enemies that often limit populations.

For more information, see the Spider Mites Pest Note.

Avocado brown mite
Avocado brown mite
Brown leaves caused by avocado brown mite
Brown leaves caused by avocado brown mite


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