Irish Gardeners Forum Home
 FAQFAQ   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
Custom Search
   
Weather Report /
Moon Phase for Ireland

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Irish Gardeners Forum Home -> Irish Weeds & Pests and Diseases of the garden.

Red Velvet Mite - Red Earth Mite - Trombidium holosericeum.


 
Most Recent Posts funny
Last post: kindredspirit
Skimmia seed wanted
Last post: Brendankearns
At last! A garden joke. (except maybe it's not a joke!)
Last post: Ado 2
2016 Vegetable quizz.
Last post: Greengage
 
Visit TheGardenShop.ie
Author Message
James Kilkelly
Rank: Site Admin


Joined: 30 May 2006
Posts: 2142
Location: West of Ireland

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Red Velvet Mite - Red Earth Mite - Trombidium holosericeum. Reply with quote

Red Velvet Mite - Red Earth Mite - Trombidium holosericeum
by GPI

Plants affected
No noteworthy effect on plants.

Season(s) present.
April to October

Red Velvet Mite, photo / picture / image.

Appearance of damage.
None

Cause/appearance
Arrow Approximately 5mm long these bright red mites with eight legs can be seen wandering on through grass, bare soil, mulch, and the leaf litter layer beneath trees and shrubs.
Arrow They are covered in tiny hairs which gives them their velvet appearance.
Arrow Like woodlice, Red Velvet Mites dry out easily, so they need a regular supply of dampness hence the leaf litter and mulch living conditions.

Trouble?
Arrow Not at all. The Red Velvet Mite poses no noteworthy threat to plants or the gardener.
Arrow They just feed on insects and other mites that eat fungi and bacteria in your garden. In fact if you were to remove the Red Velvet Mite from your garden, the decomposition process in the soil would go much slower.

Organic or cultural control.
None needed.

Other Control.
None needed.


Video. A Red Velvet Mite moving across a leaf.
If the video is missing, first check that you have the required player Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer. If you wish to download and install it , it can be got here.
If the video is still missing after you have installed Adobe Flash Player, then we suggest you please inform us by emailing here info(at) irishgardeners.com change the (at) for @

Nature notes.
Please note that Irishgardeners.com does not advocate the removal of animal or insect life, instead, this forum encourages wildlife preservation. However, there are occasions where a wildlife becomes a problem within the garden for certain people. Be aware that wildlife is a link in the chain of life, benefiting something or someone down the chain. Please at least think about this before you remove wildlife from your site.

Any queries or comments on Red Velvet Mite - Red Earth Mite - Trombidium holosericeum, please post below.

Back to Pests of the Garden in Ireland - Prevention and Control.

_________________
Gardening books.

http://www.allotments.ie/ Ireland's allotments.
On Twitter... http://twitter.com/Allotments

Garden Consultation & Design.

Try my Garden Design home study course!
.
.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Irish Gardeners Forum Home -> Irish Weeds & Pests and Diseases of the garden. All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You can attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2006 - 2016 IrishGardeners.com (part of GardenPlansIreland.com)