Tomato russet mite
|Description of adult|
Russet mites are 0.15-0.2 mm long and 0.05 mm wide. A hand lens is needed to see these mites.
Tomato, chilli and capsicum.
Feeding by nymphs and adults of the tomato russet mite Aculops lycopersici causes loss of plant hairs, bronzing of the stem and death of lower leaves. Fruit ripen unevenly and immature fruit have greenish white spots. Infestations are worst in warm dry weather.
Maintain good farm hygiene and destroy old crops and weeds. Mites spread on the wind and are carried on clothing, machinery and insects. Check that seedlings are not infested before transplanting. Do not plant downwind of infested plantings.
Spray with an appropriate chemical.
Chemical registrations and permits
Check the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority chemical database and permit database for chemicals registered or approved under permit to treat this pest on the target crop in your State/location. Always read the label. Always observe withholding periods.