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Russet Mites

Seen through a lens, russet-hemp mites are tapered, translucent, wedge-shaped cylinders that take on a yellow tint, especially in groups. Unlike most varieties of mites, they only have two pairs of legs. Leaves curl upwards, but the plant begins to drop from the top and eventually dies. Easily mistaken for mould as Russet Mites are extremely tiny. They reproduce extremely fast and are able to survive year-round making them a devastating pest.

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When treating Russet Mites, follow the same procedure as spider mites. Remove all infested foliage and dispose of any seriously infested plants to prevent them from spreading.

Russet Mites are most commonly found in outdoor gardens, adding beneficial nematodes to your soil can eliminate any unwanted larvae or nymphs early on.

* Affected leaves usually do not recover from damage even after correcting the problem.*