Mountain Ash: Leaf blister mite
revision date: 2022-11-25 11:37
The leaf blister mite is a very tiny white, sausage-shaped eriophyid mite. They are seldom visible to the unaided eye. Eriophyid mite feeding on the underside of mountain ash leaves causes development of blister-like spots on the upper leaf surface. These raised spots are generally light green, round and somewhat wrinkled in appearance. Older leaf blisters may turn brown. Severe infestations may result in premature leaf drop.
Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!
- Avoid use of broad-spectrum insecticides which kill natural predators, especially predaceous mites.
- A strong, direct spray of water may help wash mites from trees. It also reduces dust, which seems to favor eriophyid mite infestations.
- Hand-pick and destroy damaged leaves to improve appearance of small trees.
IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.
- None recommended