Managing mites in WA deciduous fruit trees

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Bryobia mite

Bryobia mite adult
Bryobia mite adult

Bryobia mite (Bryobia rubrioculus) is much less common than two-spotted mite and has fewer natural enemies. Bryobia mite can be the main mite pest in low pesticide use orchards, with other mite species under control by predators.

Like European red mite, bryobia mite overwinters in the egg stage and eggs are red. Eggs do not have the apical stalks that occur on eggs of European red mite.

Monitoring is required to confirm the presence and abundance of bryobia mite. Miticides should be applied at similar timing and densities as for European red mite. Some insecticides that control foliage pests of deciduous fruit trees also control bryobia mite..

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