Hi, I live near Flathead Lake and have an orchard. Last year we noticed an abundance of red mites on our fruittrees (cherry). I was wondering what your advice is to handle this problem. We do use a dormant oil, but it didn't seem to hurt the little critters. By picking time they were full force.
I once had a mite problem. I sent away for an order of predatory mites, which feed on the problem mites without becoming a problem themselves. The red mites disappeared. Next spring they returned, so I got another order of the good guys. The red mites went away and never returned. That was 10 years ago! I think I got the predatory mites from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. Good luck!
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