Common Species:
Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boisduval)
Conditions for Disease Development:
Webspinning mites
Pacific spider mites
Two-spotte spider mites
Strawberry spider mites
Damaging Stage:
Nymphs and adults.
Crops Afected:
Solanaceous, cucurbits, brassicas, legumes, papaya
Characteristics Damage:
Initial damage due to feeding appears as light dots on the leaves.
Continuous feeding leads to leaf yellowing which later turns to bronze or reddish-brown and drop off.
Webs are evident on plants infested with high population of red spider mites.
Control and Management:
Monitor the area regularly.
Prune heavily infested leaves and dispose properly.
Use natural enemies-predators such as sixspotted thrips (Scolothrips sexmaculatus), spider mite destroyer lady beetle (Stethorus picipes),  minute pirate bugsbigeyed bugs, and lacewing larvae.
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.