Spider Mite Note From Rick

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The dry weather continues and spider mites are present in a lot of fields. At this time of year, Comite is probably my first choice and bifenthrin is also an option. If you have a lot of worms, you might consider Danitol. Art Bradley pointed out that the label on Comite now states a “14 day minimum between applications”. This is the law, we need to follow it. Hopefully, the cloudy, cooler, and possibly wetter weather of Tuesday and Wednesday will provide an opportunity for the beneficial fungus that attacks mites to get a foothold and knock the populations back. Be sure and check to make sure mite populations are still active before entering a field to spray.

Comment from Jordan as follow up:

The biology of spider mites can require two applications within about 5 days (Rick, please follow up if needed). This is not possible with Comite but a farmer could apply bifenthrin or Danitol 5 days after the initial Comite application. Weather conditions today and maybe for the next day or so may help a great deal.

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2015-109)