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Bamboo Spider Mites 

- This mite can cause significant damage to bamboo -

Summary: The bamboo spider mite can be a serious pest in commercial bamboo nurseries and landscapes. Mites form dense colonies under a protective webbing. A miticide called Floramite is available for combating this pest in commercial nurseries.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD
OSU Ext. Entomologist (ret.)

What is bamboo spider mite?

Bamboo spider mite (Schizotetranychus celarius) is an important pest in commercial bamboo nurseries. Mites feed on a dense, protective webbing so are difficult to control by conventional means. In some areas this mite limits commercial production of bamboo. Fortunately a relatively new miticide called Floramite is available to combat this difficult pest .

Download the Bamboo Spider Mite Guide for updates of biology and control for this spider mite pest as well as additional pictures. Information about other aspects of bamboo cultivation and care can be found at the American Bamboo Society.

bamboo spider mite

Bamboo spider mite, highly magnified.

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