Ornamental Pear: Pearleaf blister mite

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revision date: 2023-05-03 12:00

Pearleaf blister mite damage.
Pearleaf blister mite damage
Photo by: C.R. Foss


Pearleaf blister mites are tiny, white to yellowish eriophyid mites that feed on leaves and fruit. Damage on leaves is caused by mites feeding inside the leaf tissues, resulting in the formation of pale green to reddish blistered areas on the leaf. Later in the summer these blistered areas will turn brown to black as the leaf tissue dies. Leaf blisters are typically 1/8″ to 1/4″ in diameter. Severe blister mite infestations can cause leaves to drop. Blister mite damage to fruit consists of russetted, somewhat sunken areas on the skin. These mites overwinter under bud scales, attacking emerging leaves in the spring. Severely infested buds can fail to develop in the spring.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Predatory mites help control populations by feeding on exposed mites. They cannot attack mites inside blisters. Avoid use of broad-spectrum insecticides which kill predatory mites and beneficial insects.
  • Provide proper culture. Healthy trees easily tolerate some insect damage and leaf loss. Neglected trees are more likely to be attacked.
  • Removing and destroying infested leaves may help control mite populations on small trees.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • Chemical management is not effective after mites are protected within the plant tissues.
  • Homeowners should not make foliar applications to trees over 10 ft tall.
  • Consult a commercial pesticide applicator for treatment of trees and shrubs over 10 ft. tall.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.