Broad Mites Polyphagotarsonemus latus
Questions About Broad Mites
How do you know if you have broad mites?
Broadmites are a microscopic species in the arachnid family which can be very difficult to detect until crop damage is observed. The first indications of Broadmite damage usually occur on young leaves near the petiole. Deformed growth or dark brown spots or streaks on the leaf can be symptoms of Broadmite infestation but only an evaluation of the leaf with 40x or higher magnification will be able to positively identify Broadmite as the culprit.
What do broad mites look like?
Broadmites resemble most other mite species in shape but are much smaller than Spidermite or predatory mite species. They are usually opaque or cream-colored and occur on the underside of leaves. Females usually have a white stripe down their back.
How do broad mites spread?
Like most pests, Broadmites spread by mechanical means within a crop: on tools, clothing, or plant material. They can survive in a facility that regularly cycles new plants without properly sterilizing between crops.