Galls are formed by insect/mite feeding or egg-laying activity. Either mechanical damage or salivary secretions initiate increased production of normal plant growth hormones.
These plant hormones cause localized plant growth that can result in increases in cell size and/or cell number. The outcome is an abnormal plant structure called a gall.
What Will Happen To My Landscape?
Galls are growing plant parts and require nutrients just like other plant parts. It’s possible that galls steal vital plant food and adversely affect plant growth. This is most likely a problem when galls are numerous on very young plants. Injury may also occur if galls are numerous on branches or if abundant for several consecutive years. Although galls are conspicuous and unattractive, they rarely do any real damage to plants.
What Can I Do About Mite Gall?
Chemical control may be your only option to control mite gall. Most local hardware stores carry insecticides that will control mite gall. Because these sprays can cause injury to certain plants, read the label thoroughly before using and apply according to the directions. Depending on the severity of the damage, more than one insecticide application may be required for complete control. Combating mite gall can be a timely and unpleasant weekend task!
How Can Natural Way Help?
Prevention is the key in controlling mite gall. Here at Natural Way we have certified professionals who are used to preventing and controlling insects like mite gall. Our 6 Point Protection Program will provide several critically timed sprays to the landscape that will help control mite gall, extend the life of the landscape and minimize overall damage.
Even though mite galls will not generally kill a plant by themselves, the plant or tree will become more susceptible to other problems and its appearance will be unsightly.