Cyclamen mites - Vegetables

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Cyclamen mites are tiny, pests that attack a wide range of flowers, usually in spring and late summer or fall when humidity is high. Cyclamen mites can be a minor pest of pepper and tomato. The mite injects a growth regulator into foliage while feeding that causes leaves to twist and crinkle and sometimes become very large. The symptoms mimic virus injury.

Fruit feeding produces a dramatic russetting - usually at the stem end. Fruits appear to be covered with a very fine, brown netting that feels slightly rough. Cyclamen mites usually come in on greenhouse plants or migrate in from strawberry plantings and are difficult to control when conditions favor their growth. 

Management: Remove distorted leaves and injured fruit.

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Cyclamen mites

Fruit feeding produces a dramatic
russetting - usually at the stem end

 

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