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Red Spider Mite

An extremely tiny common sap sucking mite with species affecting outdoor and glasshouse/conservatory plants where they relish hot/dry conditions.  Red spider mite can be a major pest of glasshouse or conservatory plants.  Their feeding damage causes affected leaves to become mottled and speckled where they then take on a bronze colour and fall prematurely.  On badly infested plants a fine white webbing over the leaves maybe seen.  Black sooty mould may become present on leaves as a secondary effect of feeding damage.

Red Spider Mites breed rapidly under warm conditions and many species quickly develop resistance to pesticides. 

Cultural Control:  To discourage red spider mite regularly mist plants and greenhouse with water to increase humidity and dampness.  Biological control maybe considered in a glasshouse environment.

There is no product register to control this pest on aubergines.