Thanks for your informative article on aloe mites.
Since aloe mites are easily killed if exposed and do not actually live inside the plant tissue (only in the galls), could a prophylactic treatment/regimen be effective in knocking them down?
In other words, would the use of any contact pesticide that could smother these microscoptic critters (i.e. insecticidal soap or any refined/horticultural oil) be helpful before the mites find secure homes in their galls?
possibly, but it would have to appied so frequently that I think it would be impractical. You never know when the mites will 'blow' into your collection, unless it's very well protected and isolated... then perhaps at the time any new aloe comes into the area/collection. ONe good reason why all aloe acquisitions should probably be in a completely isolated area for a year before being mixed with ones own expensive and rare ones.