Scouting for pests: Broad mite

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included

Broad mite resembles cyclamen mite in size and appearance. The primary difference is that broad mite eggs have noticeable bumps on the surface and cyclamen mite eggs are smooth.

Management: Dispose of all plants exhibiting symptoms of broad mite damage. Also, remove all plants within 1 foot of damaged plants. Broad mite control with miticides is difficult because they tend to be located in hidden, hard-to-reach areas.

Information is from the new field guide A Pocket Guide for IPM Scouting in Herbaceous Perennials. Ordering information, call 517-353-6740 or visit: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/pdf/pocketGuidesLandsc07.pdf

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