Damage to your trees is an important thing to keep your eye on. Poplar trees are particularly susceptible to one particular type of insect damage. Mites, although very tiny, can cause large damage to your poplar trees, and are important to keep your eyes open for. Read the ways in which you can identify mites in your poplars.
- Poplar bud gall mite are tiny members of the eriophyid mite family, about .2 mm. long, which can cause significant esthetic damage to trees like poplars, cottonwoods and aspens
- The gall mites on poplar trees can stay active for four seasons. They have no wings but spread by wind, or by clinging to birds or insects.
- The easiest way of getting rid of eriophyid mites is to remove each and every gall from every tree on your property. You need to remove all as a single gall contains enough mites to reinfest the tree.
“The easiest way of getting rid of eriophyid mites on poplar trees is to remove each and every gall from every tree on your property.”