Aloe Gall Mite, Aloe Wart Mite, Aloe Mite (Aceria aloinis)

Order: Acari (AK-ar-ee) (Info)
Family: Eriophyidae (er-ee-oh-FY-id-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aceria
Species: aloinis (al-OH-in-is) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Glen Avon, California
Reseda, California
San Marino, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Members' Notes:


On Oct 17, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This horrible microscopic creature is one of the banes of my garden (and sadly many others here in Southern California). It is a prolific spreader and causes 'cancer' like growths on aloe leaves and flowers (some species more susceptible than others). Many plants can tolerate these infections, but rarely outgrow them. The damage is permanent, and can sometimes kill the plant... but causes unsightly and bizarre growths on aloes and some aloe hybrids. It used to be though the mite carried a virus, but now it appears the entire process is the plant's response to the damage the mite does. This disease is very hard to get rid of, and most recommend tossing infected plants, quickly and washing up afterwards to prevent its spread to surrounding plants. Usually, aloes within a few feet of ea... read more