How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Tomato russet mite—Aculops
Tomato russet mites are so tiny they cannot be seen without a hand lens. You will see the bronzing they
cause on leaves first. Russet mites are conical in shape and yellowish, tan, or pink.
Identification of species
Leaves and stems damaged by mites develop a greasy appearance, then dry out and turn bronze. Damage starts
at the base of the plant and moves upward. In hot weather when mite populations explode, plants may be
dust and wettable sulfur are effective for russet mite control. Do not grow tomatoes near
petunias or any solanaceous plants, such as potato, as they are other hosts of the russet mite.