How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Dryberry mite—Phyllocoptes gracilis
Adult mites have an oval body. They lack antennae and body segmentation. They are found on ripe fruit,
in cracks, and in crevices.
Dryberry mites may damage both raspberries and blackberries.
Ripening berries with dryberry mite infestations become dry.
Tolerate damage or prune out and destroy damaged fruit.
Pesticides should be avoided in home gardens. If sprays are
needed, apply sulfur at
stage, just before buds break. Several
applications of horticultural
oil spaced two to three weeks
apart after green fruit stage may also provide control. Don't
apply oil within one month of a sulfur treatment.
mite damage to raspberries
mites are found in crevices of bark