Mite control options in fruit crops

Many options are available for controlling mites in fruit crops.

Mites can be significant pests of fruit crops. There is an array of miticides available for control of the European red mite (ERM), two-spotted spider mite (TSSM) and rust mites (RM), such as apple and pear rust mites, pear blister mites, plum nursery mites and blueberry bud mites. But their performance characteristics are not all alike.

The following table is designed to summarize several key variables that can help you determine which miticides are optimal for your integrated pest management program.

Compound

Fruit crop

Mites

Life stage target

Seasonal timing

Residual   control

Superior, Stylet

Oils, ll fruit crops

ERM, RM

egg/larvae

Early (pre-bloom)

2-6 weeks

Lime-Sulfur

pome, stone, blueberry

RM3

motiles*

Early (delayed-dormant)

2-6 weeks

Dimilin

pear

RM

motiles*

Early (pre-bloom)

 2-6 weeks

Savey

pome, stone

pome, stone, caneberry, strawberry

ERM

TSSM

egg/larvae

egg/larvae

Early***

Mid (or threshold)**

8-12 weeks

6-8 weeks

Onager

stone fruits

TSSM

egg/larvae

Mid (or threshold)**

6-8 weeks

Apollo

pome, cherry, peach

ERM

TSSM

egg/larvae

egg/larvae

Early***

Mid (or threshold)

8-12 weeks

6-8 weeks

Agri-Mek

pome, stone, grape, pome, stone, strawberry, grape

ERM,   RM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Early****

Mid (or threshold)

8-12 weeks

6-8 weeks

ABBA

pome, plum, grape, strawberry

ERM,   RM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Early****

Mid (or threshold)

8-12 weeks

6-8 weeks

Agri-Flex

pome, grape

ERM,   RM

motiles*

Early****

8-12 weeks

Zeal

pome, stone fruits

pome, stone, strawberry, grape

ERM

TSSM

egg/larvae

egg/larvae

Early (or   threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)**

8-10 weeks

6-8 weeks

Envidor

pome, plum, grape

stone fruits

ERM,   RM

TSSM

egg,   motiles*

egg,   motiles*

Early (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

8-10 weeks

6-8 weeks

Nexter

pome, stone1, grape

ERM,   RM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

6-8 weeks

6-8 weeks

Portal

pome

ERM,   RM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

6-8 weeks

6-8 weeks

Kanemite

Pome

pome, strawberry

ERM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

6-8 weeks

6-8 weeks

Acramite

pome, peach, plum

pome, peach, plum, grape, strawberry         

ERM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

6-8 weeks

6-8 weeks

Danitol

apple, grape

apple, grape, strawberry

ERM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

4-6 weeks

4-6 weeks

Brigade

Pear

pear, grape, strawberry, caneberry

ERM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

4-6 weeks

4-6 weeks

Hero

blueberry, caneberry, strawberry

TSSM

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

4-6 weeks

Oberon

strawberry

TSSM

egg,   motiles*

Mid (or threshold)

4-6 weeks

Vendex

pome, stone

pome, stone, grape, cane, strawberry

ERM

TSSM

motiles*

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

Mid (or threshold)

4-6 weeks

4-6 weeks

Endosulfan

pome, stone, blueberry2

RM3

motiles*

Mid (or threshold)**

2-6 weeks

Sulforix

pear, blueberry

RM3

motiles*

Late (post-harvest)

2-6 weeks

* Motile forms include mite larvae, nymph and adult stages.
** Optimally used petal fall through August when mites reach threshold.
*** Optimally used pre-bloom through first cover.
**** Optimally used petal fall through second cover.
1
300 day phi for cherry
2  
post-harvest only for blueberry
including pear blister mite

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