Also known as Redmite, these tiny invertebrates attack the surface of your fruit (often around the stalk), not harming the juicy flesh inside.
Plant Part: Leaves, branches and fruit
Symptoms: You may notice this pestie mite on the new growth of your citrus tree. They attack the outer exposed surface of the fruit causing it to look rusty/spotty in appearance. Rust mites can also cause bronzing of leaves and green twigs. Look for white cast-off skins on the leaf and fruit surface to confirm mite infestation. Thrives in dry conditions.
Control: Eco oil or Eco Neem will help keep this mite under control.
Preventative: Attracting beneficial insects to your garden.
Reference: NSW Department of Industries, Department of Agriculture & Food, Western Australia , Don Ferrin, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Bugwood.org, and of course or FST team.
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