Small grain-Wheat curl mite

Eriophyes tulipae

Pest description and crop damage Tiny eriophyid mite, cigar-shaped but not visible to the naked eye, which causes proliferation of florets and distortion of wheat heads. The pest is a vector of wheat streak mosaic virus. Late-planted spring and early-planted fall grains are susceptible to damage.

Management-chemical control

Insecticide control is not recommended.