Broad mite control is essential to maintain healthy fruit and vegetables on your farm but is a problem for many farmers as they can sometimes battle to manage infestations. Get help from trusted specialists to reduce mite numbers and save your cash crops.
Before Broad Mite Control, you need to identify the problem
What is a broad mite?
Adult broad mites are hard to spot without using a strong magnifier. The males are translucent and slender, while the females are a bit broader.
They thrive off the undersides of leaves and try to stay even further out of sight in this manner. However, during large infestations, they may crawl on top of the leaves too. The females will lay broad mite eggs on the leaves of plants especially ornamental plants and once they are hatched, they will feed off the nutrients of the leaves. Their mouths are adapted with a sucking feature, this is how they suck out the nutrients of the plant leaves.
One of the ways you can establish broad mite identification is the damage to the plants as well as the overly large eggs. Eggs can be up to the same size as the female mites and traces of hatched larvae are eminent with “eggshells” on the soil.
Broad Mites Damage
Broad mites enjoy tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables. The damaged leaves will turn bronze in colour, become brittle, and will curl downward. Other signs that the plant has become damaged include distorted leaves as well as stint in growth of fruit and vegetables. A delay in control methods for these pests can be devastating to the crops and the farmers, and as a result leads to higher economic losses. In many cases, crops that are stunted may not be able to recover from the damage.
Broad Mite Control Measures
Broad mites predators such as Amblyseius andersoni and Neosuilus fallacies are just some of the predators to use as well an effective means of control measures within greenhouses. Under these controlled environments, the predators used for mites can help reduce their numbers. Other control methods include:
- Neem oil
- liContact insecticides
- Sanitization measures can greatly help reduce the production of broad mites
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