Blueberry Bud Mite Damage – How To Control Blueberry Bud Mites

By Amy Grant Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, blueberries are touted as one of the “super foods.” Sales for blueberries and other berries have increased exponentially, as have prices. This has led many gardeners to cultivate their own blueberries. While it’s more than worth it to grow your own berries, cultivating blueberries is not without its share of pitfalls. Amongst the disasters that might befall your berry plants is blueberry bud mite damage. What are blueberry bud mites and how can you control blueberry bud mites? What are Blueberry Bud Mites? Blueberry bud mites (Acalitus vaccinii) are tiny arthropods that live and feed inside the fruit buds of both huckleberries and blueberries. These tiny creatures can be found through most of eastern North America extending from the ocean provinces of Canada to southern Florida and into Texas. Mild winters in the southern areas of its reach result in the

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