The Q&A Archives: Pepper Mites

Question: I have a problem with pepper mites every year, I tryed diazanon, sevon, and I rotate my garden every year. How can I get rid of these pests permently. I even used different seeds.

Answer: Based on your description I am not exactly certain which pest you are describing, but spider mites may occasionally bother pepper plants. These can be treated with insecticidal soap according to the label instructions, being sure to apply the spray to all surfaces and to repeat it weekly until all signs are gone. You might also wish to take a sample to your County Extension (599-6162) for a definite identification of the pest and the most up to date control recommendations for it. In the meantime, be sure to clean up, remove and destroy all of the old pepper plants at the end of the season, and do the same with any "litter" from the plants during the season in an effort to control reinfection.

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