How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Gall and bud mites

Gall and bud mites are wormlike or wedge shaped, and often are yellow, pinkish, or white.  Adults and immatures have four legs, which appear to be coming out of the head.  

Damage

Gall and bud mites commonly feed in buds or distorted plant tissue on hosts such as carnation and fuchsia. They distort, stunt, and discolor leaves, terminals, or buds, which may drop prematurely.

Solutions

Gall and bud mites are difficult to control because they feed protected within plant tissue.  Employ good sanitation, and make sure you are planting pest-free plants.  Dispose of infested plants. 

 

Fuchsia damaged by fuchsia gall mite
Fuchsia damaged by fuchsia gall mite


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