Tomato Russet Mite

Don’t grow tomatoes near petunias or potatoes, which are hosts for this mite.

Physical Description

Very tiny mite – must use at least 20x hand lens to see. These mites are whitish yellow with pear-shaped bodies, move very slowly

Species & Taxonomy

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Lifecycle

 

Plants Affected

Tomatoes 

Plants Unaffected

 

Geographical Range

 

Signs & Symptoms

Whole Plant

Leaves

  • Tomatoes:
    • bronze leaves & stems
    • starts low on the plant, but moves up as it progresses
    • lower leaves dry and drop from the plant
    • in extreme cases, the plant may lose leaves

Flowers

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Fruit

Roots/Tubers

How to Positively Identify

 

Treatment

  • Tomatoes: sulfur may be used for control, but excessive amounts can injure the plant 

Prevention & Control

 

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Natural Enemies & Biological Controls

Insects:

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Barriers

Traps

Sprays & Dusts

  • sulfur (excessive amounts may harm tomato plants) 

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