The broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus), is a small species of mite found on many species of plants, including important agricultural crops such as grapes, cannabis, sweet pepper, chili peppers, eggplant, cucumber, ornamentals and others. The mite’s oval-shaped eggs are laid on the underside of the leaf or on fruit surfaces. The mites prefer areas of high humidity and low temperature and are a major pest in greenhouses.
Broad mite infestation causes stunting and twisting of the leaves and flowers as well as blackening and death of new growth. The leaves main veins stay untouched, in most cases, causing a green pattern against the damaged brown tissue. When broad mite attack the fruit, it causes fruit deformation.
There are specific natural enemies for different species of mites.
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