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Twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, is a major arthropod pest in greenhouses. Greenhouse producers typically use miticides to control twospotted spider mite (TSM) populations. This study, which involved two replicated experiments, was designed to assess the persistence or longevity and efficacy of translaminar miticides with the active ingredient (a.i.) etoxazole, chlorfenapyr, abamectin, and spiromesifen by applying these miticides to either butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) or marigold (Tagetes erecta) plants, depending on the experiment, and then artificially infesting the plants with TSM. Based on percent mortality and number of live and dead TSM, several miticides provided adequate control of TSM even after having been applied to the test plants 14 days before being artificially infested with TSM. This suggests that these miticides have extended residual activity. The etoxazole 10 to 12 μm and etoxazole water-dispersible formulations provided control (greater than 85% mortality) of TSM over the course of Expt. 1 with four or less live TSM recovered from treated plants across the three evaluation times (21, 28, and 42 days). Spiromesifen, in Expt. 2, was significantly more effective against both the nymph (89% to 99.2%) and adult (37.3% to 87.9%) stages of the TSM than the other miticides and killed more nymphs (165 to 227) than the other treatments. In general, none of the miticides provided consistent or adequate control of TSM adults across all three evaluation times (49, 56, and 70 days).

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The twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, is a major arthropod pest of many greenhouse-grown horticultural crops. Greenhouse producers use a variety of miticides to suppress twospotted spider mite populations. A group of miticides known as mitochondria electron transport inhibitors or METIs include acequinocyl, fenpyroximate, and pyridaben. In addition, there are strobilurin-based fungicides such as azoxystrobin, kresoxim-methyl, and trifloxystrobin that are also known as METIs. We conducted a study to determine if these METI fungicides had any miticidal properties against the nymph and adult stages of the twospotted spider mite. The designated treatments were applied to marigold (Tagetes erecta) plants naturally infested with twospotted spider mites. Assessments of live and dead twospotted spider mite nymphs and adults were conducted 3, 7, and 14 days after applying the treatments. None of the METI fungicides had any activity against the nymph and adult life stages of the twospotted spider mite, with percentage mortality values <18%. The METI miticides appeared to be more effective against twospotted spider mite nymphs than the adults based on percentage mortality values across the three evaluation periods (35.2% to 100% for nymphs and 11.4% to 87.9% for adults). This study demonstrated that the strobilurin-based fungicides have negligible negative effects on twospotted spider mites.

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