Sevins dust and mites - Knowledgebase Question

Waldoboro, Ma
Question by lindablackma
March 9, 2010
I think I read somewhere in the Q&A Library that using Sevins dust can cause an overpopulation of mites. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
March 9, 2010


Spider mites frequently become a problem after the application of insecticides. Such outbreaks are commonly a result of the insecticide killing off the natural enemies of the mites, but also occur when certain insecticides stimulate mite reproduction. For example, spider mites exposed to carbaryl (Sevin) in a laboratory setting have been shown to reproduce faster than untreated populations. If you'd like to learn more, here's the low down:

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