Polyphagotarsonemus latus  (Banks)
Common Name:
Yellow tea mite
Yellow jute mite
Broad spider
Tropical mite
Broad rust mite
Damaging Stage:
Larvae and adults
Crops Afected:
Solanaceous, cucurbits, brassicas, legumes, papaya
Characteristics Damage:  
Secretes toxin in their saliva that causes twisting, hardening and distortion of the plants shoots.
Shoots, young leaves and fruits are more susceptible to attack of mites.  
Infested leaves become narrow and show downward cupping/curling.  
Veinal areas are dry and brownish and in severe cases become brittle.  
Heavily infestation leads to shortened internodes, aborted flowers and stunted plant growth.  
Fruits are discoloured, scaly and severe damage may cause premature fruit drop.  
Control and Management:
Monitor the area regularly.
Prune heavily infested leaves and dispose properly.
Spray botanical insecticides such as hot pepper, garlic and kakawate extracts.
Spray botanical insecticides such as neem, hot pepper and kakawate extracts.
Apply insecticides such as abamectin (e.g. Agrimek®, Romektin®), formethanate HCL (e.g.        Dicarsol®), methiocarb (e.g. Mesurol®) and diazinon (e.g. Parapest®) whenever necessary.