Mite Pressure Varies Across Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Pests

Mite pressure is increasing in various fields across Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline.

Mite Pressure
Graphic courtesy of UF/IFAS.

Two-spotted spider mites have increased significantly on late-season tomatoes, eggplant and okra around Homestead, Florida. They are also impacting ornamental nursery and tropical fruit trees. Broad mites are also observed in corn, tomato, squash and okra.

Broad mites have also been persistent in some peppers on the East Coast. They have been a challenge to control with traditional materials.

Spider mites have reached moderate to high levels in various crops around Southwest Florida.

Mite pressure has increased in tomato, peppers and cucurbits and are higher in double cropped fields in Central Florida. Spider mites are at low to moderate levels in tomatoes. Two-spotted spider mites are reported in squash, though at low levels. Pressure could increase over the next few weeks, though, due to dry, warm weather.

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Mite Pressure