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Red Mites (Balaustium spp.)

Red Mites (Balaustium spp.) Vicky Bertagnolli, ©2020, Clemson Extension

Red Mites (Balaustium spp.)
Vicky Bertagnolli, ©2020, Clemson Extension

Several species of mites have population outbreaks after a change in seasons (particularly spring and fall). One of the tiny, fast-moving red mites commonly encountered is in the genus Balaustium. While often misidentified and considered a nuisance, Balaustium mites are mostly pollen feeders. Even better, some Balaustium mites are beneficial biological control agents that are predators of other mites and soft-bodied insects such as thrips.

For information on Balaustium mites, check out this post from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension’s Insects in the City blog by Dr. Mike Merchant.

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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