Pest Type: Insect
Damage to Plant: Leaves are stippled with yellow or fade to a bronze color. Plant parts may be distorted and covered with webs. Severely infested plants lose vigor and may die.
Too small to be seen clearly with the naked eye, these insect relatives flourish in hot, dry environments and on water stressed plants. Unlike predatory mites, spider mites suck plant juices and spin webs.
Life Cycle: There are many generations a year; in warm climates, reproduction goes on nonstop the year around. The pests can overwinter as adults or as eggs on host plants.