Ash Flowergall Mite
Scientific Name: Gall Making Insects & Mites
Scientific Type: Gall Making Insects & Mites
Ash flowergall mite (Eriophyes fraxiniflora) is a tiny mite that causes the formation of galls, or abnormal growths, on the flowers of ash trees. The mites are believed to be native to Europe and Asia, but they have spread to other parts of the world and are now a common pest of ash trees in many regions. The galls produced by ash flowergall mites are typically small, greenish-yellow structures that resemble tiny pinecones. They are formed as a result of the mites feeding and laying eggs on the flowers of the ash tree. The plant responds to the mite's presence by producing a growth of tissue around the affected area, which provides a protected environment for the mites and their offspring. While ash flowergall mites are generally not harmful to the overall health of the ash tree, they can be unsightly and reduce the tree's ornamental value. The galls can also weaken the branches on which they form, increasing the risk of breakage in high winds or heavy snow. To control ash flowergall mites, it is important to maintain the overall health and vigor of the tree by providing proper care, including adequate water, sunlight, and nutrients. Pruning away infested branches and using insecticide sprays can also help reduce the population of mites and prevent further damage. In some cases, ash trees may be resistant to flowergall mite infestations, and these trees may not require any special treatment. However, it is important to monitor the tree regularly and take action if infestations are detected, in order to prevent the spread of the mites and maintain the health of the tree.