How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Cyclamen mite—Phytonemus (Steneotarsonemus) pallidus

The cyclamen mite adult is tiny and pinkish orange. It is translucent in immature stages.

Identification of species | Life cycle

Damage

Mites feed on young, unfolding leaves at the crown of the plant. When the leaves emerge, they appear stunted, crinkled, and malformed. Leaf stems do not elongate. When the infestation is serious, the whole plant is dwarfed, leaves turn brownish green, and fruit are small, dry, and withered.

Solutions

The best way to manage cyclamen mite is to remove and destroy infested plants as soon as they are spotted. Establish new plantings from mite-free stock and never plant new plants near infested ones.

Cyclamen mite adult and eggs
Cyclamen mite adult and eggs

Mite-infested plants develop distorted leaves
Mite-infested plants develop distorted leaves


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