Garlic-Bulb mite


Rhyzoglyphus spp.
Tyrophogus spp.

Pest description and crop damage Shiny, cream-color mites. Damage results from mites penetrating the outer layer of bulb tissue, which allows entry of disease organisms. Bulb mites can reduce garlic stands, stunt plant growth, and promote rot in stored garlic bulbs.

Management-cultural control

Plant only mite-free garlic cloves. Crop rotation and hot water treatment of seed pieces also are useful.

Management-chemical control: HOME USE

None registered.

Management-chemical control: COMMERCIAL USE

  • chloropicrin (Telone)-Preplant.

Note: Soil fumigation rarely is used prior to garlic due to the expense. Some growers plant garlic following a crop such as potatoes or carrots for which the soil was fumigated.