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Fuchsia gall mite is was found for the first on the mainland of Britain in 2007. Since becoming established it has become a serious problem for fuchsia growers in southern England and is spreading northwards.
Fuchsia gall mite
Fuchsia gall mite is a microscopic sap-sucking mite that is specific to fuchsias. It can cause extensive galling and distortion ruining the appearance of fuchsias. Gall mites are tiny sap-sucking creatures that cause a variety of abnormal growths on various plants. Although too small to be seen without a microscope, the galled tissues that they create are often very distinctive and easily recognised.
Signs of infestation;
Gall mites in general are relatively tolerant of pesticides and home garden products will be ineffective.
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