How to Manage Pests
UC Pest Management Guidelines
The fig mite is a widely distributed, microscopic mite (0.003 to 0.005 inch long) that has two pairs of legs near the anterior end of a wedge-shaped, pale yellow body.
The fig mite infests bud scales and young leaves. Feeding causes a faint russetting of the leaves, generally in the interior portion of the canopy and may result in leaf drop and stunting of twigs. More importantly, this mite transmits the fig mosaic virus. The virus is not present in the egg stage of the mite, but once acquired through feeding is retained through molts.
To help reduce virus transmission, monitor leaves about a month after they emerge (May) to detect fig mites. Use a 20X hand lens to examine leaves. Treat when foliage damage appears. A second application may be necessary.
UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Fig