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Integrated Pest Management · Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of California


Spider mites

Spider mites.

Fuchsia gall

Damage from fuchsia gall.

Peatleaf blister mites

Pearleaf blister mites.

Mites are tiny and difficult to see without a magnifying glass. Mites in the groups listed below may damage fruit trees, vines, berries, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Spider mites cause stippling on leaves. Other pest mites cause distorted growth of leaves, shoots, buds, or fruit. There are also many carnivorous species of mites that feed on other mites or small insects.

Spider mites (Tetranychidae)

Gall, bud, rust, and blister mites (Eriophyidae)

Other mites

related or similar species