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Pear leaf blister mite

Pear leaf blister mite, Eriophyes (=Phytoptus) pyri , is an eriophyid mite found on pear, Pyrus, species. Young trees can be damaged by severe infestations.

The mite is difficult to manage once it moves into the blister-like domiciles it creates by feeding on the leaf tissue in the early spring. By petal fall, the mites will lay eggs and remain protected from predators within the leaf blisters. The mites overwinter under the outer scales where they feed on the developing buds.

Management is often timed for the fall to treat the mites while they are in the outer bud scales. Delayed dormat applications also target the bud scales with oils. Timing during the season is best done prior to their movement into the leaf blisters after petal fall. The predatory mite, Typhlodromus occidentalis, will feed on the exposed mites but do not provide economic control. See Chemical Control of Nursery Pests section of the PNW Insect Management Handbook.

Links

UC IPM Online: Pearleaf blister mite
This is a good site for biology and images and management ideas although it is geared to fruit production rather than nursery stock.

Pearleaf and appleleaf blister mite. Orchard and Pest Management Online. Washington State University. Good life cycle information the PNW.

Pear leaf blister damage
pear leaf blister mite damage
Photo: Melodie Putnam

Pearleaf blister mite damage on 'Chanticleer' pear
pearleaf blister mite on 'Chanticleer' pear

Pearleaf blister mite damage on new growth of 'Chanticleer' pear
pearleaf blister mite damage on new growth


Pear leaf blister mite damge
pear leaf blister mite damage
Photo: Melodie Putnam
Pear leaf blister mite on 'Trinity" pear early damage
pear leaf blister mite on Trinity
Photo: Anonymous

Pearleaf blister mite blisters on the lear underside
pearleaf blister mite blisters on leaf underside

Pearleaf blister mite blisters closeup showing the cigar-shaped eriophyid mites
pearleaf blister mite blisters closeup showing cigar-shaped eriophyid mites

Pearleaf blister mite blister showing a mite in the entrance to the blister
pearleaf blister mite in the entrance to the blister

Pear leaf blister mites feeding
pear leaf blister mites
Photo: Jim Young
 
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