Two Spotted Spider Mites

A piercing-sucking mite similar to the spruce and southern red spider mites. Damage caused by the two-spotted spider mite will vary according to the infestation level however, mites feed by piercing plant cells with their mouthparts and sucking out the cell contents. Lightly infested plants will have foliage with pale blotches or spots showing through the leaf while with heavy infestations the entire leaf appears light in color, dries up, and often turns a reddish-brown with blotches in and around the edges. Plants generally lose their vigor and die. Silken threads will also be present among the foliage. The mites will be located on the underside of the foliage and appear as tiny, reddish, greenish, yellowish, or blackish, moving dots. Spray treatment recommended.