The olive gall mite is a species of tiny mites known to attack olive trees. Olive gall mite has a preference for younger foliage and is usually found on the underside of leaves. The mites feed on growing points and create leaf deformations that cause interference with plant growth. The development of the tree becomes delayed.
The sooner the better: It is easier and more cost effective to overcome infestations and successfully eliminate infestation during the initial stage. Make a routine of monitoring the field regularly and searching plants for the above signs on the younger foliage.
The following insecticides are used in one or more parts of the world: abamectin, amitraz, and spirodiclofen.
*Names marked in red are considered to be highly poisonous to beneficial insects.
*Names marked in green are considered to be organic and IPM (integrated pest management) compatible.