Wilcox County Ag

Spider Mites in Strawberries

We’ve been fighting the spider mites for the last few weeks in the strawberries. They are reproducing, and this is giving us trouble. This week, we got a better kill though. They were even active after the very cold weather 3 weeks ago. I’m mostly seeing two-spotted spider mites, but a few predatory mites i’m finding as well. However, they are not enough to hold down the bad mites.

What you see in the picture below is the eggs. Usually, we have to come right back in and kill the recently hatched eggs. One field may be worse than the other, but when we see the webbing and eggs, they are reproducing and gaining ground.

Two-spotted spider mite with webbing and eggs