KNOW YOUR MITES

Big damage can come from small packages

If you want to see one of the biggest risks to your plants, look no further than into a microscope. And while pests come in all shapes and sizes, these are a few of the more dangerous mites -- and they’re the mites Miticide Green work best on.

Russet mites

Russet mites, also known as aceria anthocoptes, are so small they’re difficult to see, but the damage they inflict is easy to spot. Russet mite infestation starts on the lower leaves and they make their way up the plant. Don’t look for teeth marks. Look for signs like progressive curling and drying out with bronzing of leaves and stems bottom to top. Russet mites loves warm, dry weather. And they’re scared to death of Miticide Green.

Broad mites

Like their friends, the russet mite, broad mites (polyphagotarsonemus latus) are too small for the naked eye to see, so you’ll need a powerful loupe (about 60x magnification) to find them. At .1 to .2mm in length, they feed on newer leaves. Look for malformed and stunted leaf growth, but don’t mistake their damage for herbicide damage. Check on the underside of leaves for infestation. And use Miticide Green, which 10 out of 10 broad mites agree is the worst.

Two-spotted (spider) mites

Spider mites are just like their larger counterparts, but they’re much harder to see. They dine on leaves, leaving yellow, white, or orange spots in their wake. Left for too long, spider mites on crops create webs on the plants. And if that’s not bad enough, female spider mites can produce a million mites in a month, they eat fast, and they will disappear and reappear without warning.