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Q.Leaf Curl Mite Erinose Mite, Aceria Litchii (Kejfer) Treatment

Zone Hilo, Hawaii | Anonymous added on May 16, 2021 | Answered

Aloha, While reading this article; Pests Of Lychee Trees: Learn About Common Bugs That Eat Lychee Lychee Tree By: Teo Spengler I read; In areas where lychees are grown, the leaf-curl mite is probably the most serious pest that consumes lychee leaves. It attacks the new growth. Look for blister-like galls on the top side of the foliage and a wooly covering on the underside. In the United States, this mite has been wiped out. Please tell me how. My orchard in Hawaii is under attack and I am at a lose googling any effective treatment. Organic, chemical not caring at this point. Please help. Mahalo, Brad

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Answered on May 19, 2021

I did find this article
from a Florida university extension service. Apparently there is an acaracide approved for this problem, BUT, it is a chemical and is harmful to bees if used during flowering. It's also not good for surrounding plants and can't be applied on hot days. SO, here's my best recommendation: contact your local university extension service and have a discussion about the best treatment options. Here's how to contact them:

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