Mites

Bermuda grass mites, also known as false spider mites (scientific name: Eriophyid mites), are tiny pests that can infest Bermuda grass and other turfgrasses. These mites are microscopic and difficult to detect without magnification.

Their damage is obvious however. Pull a stallon and you’ll be able to tell based on how close the leaves are together.

How to kill bermuda mites

Common miticides used to target Bermuda grass mites include:

  1. Avid (abamectin): Avid is effective against various mite species, including Bermuda grass mites. It is applied as a spray.
  2. Floramite (bifenazate): Floramite is another miticide used to control mites, including those infesting Bermuda grass.
  3. Hexygon (hexythiazox): Hexygon is a growth regulator that disrupts mite development. It is applied as a spray.
  4. Neem oil: A natural solution, neem oil can be used as a spray to kill bermuda mites. Although it is tricky to spray as it does not mix well with water, some have luck with it.

When are bermuda mites active?

Bermuda grass mites (Eriophyid mites) are typically active during the warmer months of the year when temperatures are above 70°F (21°C). In regions with mild winters, they may remain active throughout the year. These mites thrive in hot and dry conditions, which are conducive to their reproduction and development.

While they can be active year-round in some climates, their populations often peak in the late spring to summer months when temperatures are consistently warm. During this time, they may cause the most damage to Bermuda grass and other turfgrasses.

Do mites die over winter?

In Texas, mites are less likely to die off entirely during winter due to the generally mild temperatures. Instead, they may decrease in activity or go dormant until conditions become favorable again in spring. Monitoring and management should still be considered even in winter months to prevent infestations from worsening.


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