Boxwood Mite Control: What Are Boxwood Bud Mites

By Teo Spengler Boxwood (Buxus spp.) is a popular shrub in gardens and landscapes around the country. However, the shrub can be the host to boxwood mites, Eurytetranychus buxi, spider mites so tiny that the insects are difficult to see with the naked eye. If you are planting new boxwoods, consider varieties that are mite resistant. For example, Japanese boxwood is less susceptible to boxwood spider mites than are European and American varieties. If your beloved boxwoods are already infested, read on for tips on boxwood mite damage and boxwood mite control. What are Boxwood Bud Mites? What are boxwood bud mites? They are tiny insects that eat away on the bottom of boxwood leaves. Even with a hand lens, you may have trouble seeing these pests. You’ll see the boxwood mite damage easily enough, however. Leaves that are infected with boxwood spider mites look like they have been pricked

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