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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.  Their feeding damage causes affected leaves to become mottled and speckled 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 there are strains of this pest that have gained resistance to certain pesticides. 

Cultural Control:  Where possible spray plants with water regularly to increase humidity and keep the plants moist.  Biological control maybe considered in a glasshouse environment.

There is no product available to control red spider mite on peppers.