27 Nov Rubber trees pests and diseases: Mites.
The white mite (Calacarus heveae) is found at the bottom of the leaves and the red mite (tenuipalpus heveae) at the top of the leaves. The APABOR recommends in a technical paper the following.
1 – Avoid pulverization without criteria, because, it can reach natural enemies of the mite, predators of culture-damaging mites.
2 – When natural enemies are present, avoid chemical control.
3 – Always identify the mites and other pests before taking any action.
4 – Control is recommended when there are endemic areas, clones less tolerant to the mites and when there is large infestation identified with the help of a magnifying glass.