Arachnida / Acari

Tetranychus urticae

two-spotted-mite_1552965653455

What are Two Spotted Mites?  

Mites are related to spiders as they have four pairs of legs. Tiny pinkish-red mites cluster on the underside of leaves often producing fine webbing. Two spotted mites overwinter in protected places.

Two spotted mites are active in hot dry weather when the life cycle from eggs to adults is completed in a week. For this reason, mites can develop resistance to pesticides fairly quickly.

The mites dislike moist humid conditions so overhead watering can be useful as a control. Mites are often found on plants that are growing in dry situations, (eg. indoors.)

 

Symptoms

Yellow mottling or bronzing of the leaves similar to lace bug damage. Significant distortion of flower and leaf buds. Fine webbing can be seen on heavy infestations. Severe infestations can cause defoliation of affected plant parts.

 

Plants impacted

  • Fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches)
  • Vegetables (tomatoes, beans, vine crops)
  • Ornamentals (azaleas, roses, marigolds)

Recommended products

Yates Rose Gun Spray Ready to Use

A systemic fungicide and contact insecticide, kills pests and mites on contact and systemically works from within the plant to control black spot, powdery mildew and rust on roses and ornamentals in the home garden.


More articles

Camellia Tea Mite

Bronzing or silvering of camellia foliage is a good sign you have camellia tea mites. If left untreated, they can affect the health of a tree and reduce flowers. Here's how to identify and control camellia tea mites.

Citrus Rust Mite

If the surface of your citrus fruit looks like its covered in brown rust coloured spots or markings, it's the work of the citrus rust mite. Here's how to identify and control them in your garden.

Whiteflies

These small, white and winged insects can often be found crowded on leaves of leafy greens and vegies. When disturbed, they fly away in a small plume or 'cloud'. Here's how to control whiteflies in your garden.

Thrips

Here's how to identify and control thrips in your garden or indoor plants.