DESCRIPTION OF THE PEST
pests feed primarily on the underside of the foliage.
suck juices from leaves causing fine stipples on foliage and silvery webs; they
cause colorless or whitish spots on foliage.
Natural enemies of mites,
such as ladybird beetles (ladybugs), thrips and predaceous mites usually keep
mite populations reduced. While pesticides are available, their misuse often
makes the problem worse by killing off the mites` natural enemies. If the
population level is low, early season mite infestations can often be controlled
with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil sprays. Insecticidal soaps and
horticultural oils offer no residual activity and help to conserve beneficial
A recommended miticide
for use on azaleas is tau-fluvalinate. It is best to alternate the miticides
that you use to decrease the chance of mites developing resistance. An
alternate insecticide with miticidal activity is bifenthrin.
If mites have been a
problem on azaleas, do not use carbaryl sprays or imidacloprid soil drenches to
control other pests. Their continued use may cause a subsequent spidermite