How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Citrus bud mite

Citrus bud mites are very small—only about 0.2 mm long, so you need at least a 14X lens to see them. A bud mite population can increase rapidly in infested buds or under fruit sepals during the summer. Populations peak in the summer, and summer and fall blooms are more likely to suffer damage.

Don't confuse bud mites with spider mites, which are rounder and larger, usually have two spots, and often produce webbing. Predatory mites are clear and move rapidly.

Hand lens
Inspect with a hand lens for mites
Webbing of leaves
Webbing of leaves
Spider mites
Spider mites

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