Alternative control methods

Sanitation

Avoid introducing infested plants. If only a few plants are infested, remove or destroy them to prevent adjacent plants from becoming infested. Avoid transporting mites on tools.

Chemical control

Localized infestations and high populations that need to be reduced before predator introduction should be spot-sprayed with selective chemicals. Insecticidal soap controls exposed tarsonemid mites but also kills predatory mites and other natural enemies. However, it is nontoxic once it is dry.Thorough coverage of infested surfaces and several applications are necessary to achieve control.

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