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European red mite (Panonychus ulmi) adult females are brick-red with white spots at the base of six to eight hairs on their backs. Male mites are more slender and lighter in color than females, with a more pointed abdomen. Eggs are red, globular, and somewhat flattened with a slender stalk on their upper side. European red mite feeding causes leaves to turn pale and then a bronze color.

European red mite (Bessin, UKY)
European red mite.

(Photo: Ricardo Bessin, University of Kentucky)

European red mite eggs (Bessin, UKY)
European red mite eggs.

(Photo: Ricardo Bessin, University of Kentucky)

      
Management:

  • Dormant and summer oils
  • Minimize insecticide sprays to help minimize effects on predators

     

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