Have you ever seen deformed progress on the ideas of your Lantana branches this summer season? If that’s the case, your plant could also be infested with a mite known as the Lantana Flower Gall Mite. 

This microscopic mite breeds contained in the creating flower buds, stunting vegetative progress and stopping flowering and seed manufacturing. The distorted progress seems as a “witches broom” on the location of the information of the branches the place the flowers normally seem. This mite is damaging to decorative plantings of Lantana within the panorama and impacts the seed availability for birds. 

 

Nevertheless, in areas the place Lantana has grow to be a noxious weed in Agriculture similar to South Africa and Australia, the Lantana Flower Gall Mite has been launched as a biocontrol to forestall the unfold of the invasive Lantana to Agricultural fields. 

Management of this mite in residence landscapes contains pruning and bagging clippings to take away galls and spraying as new progress emerges with Malathion or Acephate, following label instructions.

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