Mite Control in Your Garden

Acari : Eriophyidae and Tetranychidae

Mites are not insects – they are arachnids related to scorpions, spiders and ticks. There are about 3,000 species of mites in Australia involving many families. Many of the mites of concern to gardeners are members of two families:

  • Eriophyidae (includes Blister Mites and Rust Mites)
  • Tetranychidae (Two-spotted Mites).

Mites are very small creatures and some species (especially from the family Eriophyidae) can only be seen with a powerful hand lens or a microscope. Usually it is the damage they cause that you will see. Mites have piercing and sucking mouthparts which is how they damage plants.

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