Chemical treatment of spider mites

Restricting the use of chemicals that cause mite population flares

Some chemicals are associated with mite flares. This can be due to several reasons but primarily it is because these chemicals either encourage the mites to lay more eggs (the neonicotinoids, e.g. imidacloprid) or eliminate natural predators (the synthetic pyrethroids, e.g. bifenthrin). Where possible, avoid using these chemicals or if they must be used, time their use to the low-risk periods for mite flares, such as winter.

Correct application of miticides

Firstly, it’s important to check to ensure that live mites are still present and it’s not residual damage that’s still visible. With only a limited number of miticides available to the banana industry, it is important for treatment efficacy and long-term availability of these products that they are applied correctly.

Actives registered for control of spider mites in bananas

Always check the current registration status of chemicals before use by visiting the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website (Click here) and always follow label directions.

For more information contact

The Better Bananas team
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
South Johnstone

This information is adapted from: Pinese, B., Piper. R 1994, Bananas insect and mite management, Department of Primary Industries, Queensland and Treverrow, N., Pearley D., and Ireland, G 1992 Banana weevil borer : a pest management handbook for banana growers. : NSW Agriculture, North Coast Region; NSW Banana Industry Committee; Horticultural Research & Development Corporation.
This information has been prepared as part of the National Banana Development and Extension Program (BA19004) which is funded by Hort Innovation, using the banana industry research and development levies and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture. The Queensland Government has also co-funded the project through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.