What are the tiny beige mites on my Olive Tree?

How can I get rid of them, also should it be re-potted to make sure that no bugs will be left in soil? I keep it outside and it is still a bit mild outside, any homemade remedy? I try do not use any pesticides. Thank you.

yates

20 October 2013 08:33 PM

Hi Iwona,

If the leaves are sticky, it indicates that there is a sap sucking insect present on your olive tree. Check for scale and and wipe them off with a damp cloth. There could be mites present. Mites are so tiny they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Mites can be controlled with a product called Yates Nature's Way Vegie & Herb Spray Concentrate. Olive Lace Bug is another pest that cause a lot of damage on olives. Again use a soap spray or try sticky traps. Depending upon how long your olive tree has been in its existing pot, it is probably not necessary at this point to repot the plant. You will not find these insects in the soil. They attack the foliage of the plant and once sprayed with a soap spray, the insect will dry out and die. Keep your plant well fertilised to maintain its health.

Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Pests