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.
Hi, Shelli, welcome to Permies!
I don't know the answer to your question but I've added it to the 'bugs' and 'trees' forums so more folks will see it.
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
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!