How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Avocado brown mite—Oligonychus punicae
Adult mites have eight legs and an oval body, with two red eyespots near the head end of the body. They
lack antennae and body segmentation. They usually have numerous bristles covering the legs and body.
The head is much lighter than the rest of the body.
If mite numbers get too high, plants are stunted and leaves begin to look dry and turn brown.
In the home garden, some mites can be tolerated. However, if numbers get too high, treat carefully with
insecticidal oil and water. Be sure the spray gets on the undersides of leaves, where mites are located.
Mites also have several natural
enemies that often limit populations.
For more information, see the Spider
Mites Pest Note.
leaves caused by avocado brown mite