Spider Mite (Acari)
- Identification: A heavy spider mite infestation caused the curling, distortion, yellow patches on the leaves of this tomato plant. Adults are reddish brown or pale in color, oval-shaped and very small less than 1/60th inch in size. Spider mites live in colonies, mostly on the underside of leaves, and feed by on leaf tissue. Feeding marks show up as light dots on the leaves and as they continue, the leaves turn yellow, dry up and drop off.
- Plan of Attack:
- Spraying with a strong stream of water to the undersides of leaves will provide some control over the mites.
- For severe infestations, affected plants or plant leaves can be removed. Be sure to destroy the affected plant material.
- There are several natural predators that feed on spider mites, such as Lacewings, Ladybugs, and other Mite Predators.
- Use a hot pepper or neem oil spray.