Monday, July 30, 2007

New Mite to Look For

For those of you growing or using Wax Myrtle, be on the lookout for a new mite. This news just in from Dr. Stephen B. Bambara, NCSU- Extension Entomologist

New Mite on Wax Myrtle,
A sample of wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) arrived in the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at North Carolina State University this week. Dave Stephan identified an eriophyid mite (Calepitrimerus ceriferaphagus) in the sample that we have not previously seen in North Carolina. It has been reported on wax myrtle in Florida for several years. These microscopic mites cause blistering and puckering of the leaves and an almost mosaic appearance that might be more virus-like. It is presumed that any of the standard miticides would be effective while mites are active.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.