Cyclamen mite

Sucking pests

Cyclamen mites cannot be seen with the naked eye because the adults are about 0.25 mm long. They are oval or elongated and white or amber-colored. Cyclamen mites require high relative humidity – 80 to 90% – and temperatures around 60ºF for development. These mites do not produce webbing.

Cyclamen Mite Damage
Cyclamen mite feeding causes flower curling, twisting and distortion. In addition, leaves may appear brittle.

Management

Dispose of all plants exhibiting symptoms of cyclamen mite damage. Also, remove all plants within 1 foot of damaged plants. Cyclamen mite control with miticides is difficult because they tend to be located in hidden, hard-to-reach areas.

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