Notice to RFSF members and our community of growers. After a successful 2021 lychee, Litchi chinensis season the demand for potted plants is increasing. Let's keep these safety measures and guidelines in mind when communicating information to other growers in Florida, and beyond.
Growers should scout their groves for this pest, looking for the distorted leaf blisters and/or the reddishbrown hairy mass formed on the underside of leaves.
Please report any finding to FDACS DPI
(DPIHelpline@FreshFromFlorida.com, 1-888-397-1517) or to the UF/IFAS Commercial Tropical Fruit Extension Agent (Jeff Wasielewski, email@example.com , 305-248-3311, ext. 227). Please do not move these mites by moving infested plant material to any new location or by touching the symptomatic leaves.
Lee County Quarantine
There is a quarantine in place for all of Lee County due to the presence of the lychee erinose mite Aceria litchii. This pest has been found in several locations in Lee County, including lychee groves, residential properties and plant nurseries.
To prevent the further spread of this major pest, FDACS is restricting the movement of lychee fruit or plant parts (trees, leaves or stems) out of the county.
No Lychee Fruit or plant parts can be moved out of Lee County unless:
⦿ Growers, harvesters and shippers sign compliance agreements with FDACS.
⦿ Lychee fruit is harvested and packed in Lee County for shipment outside of Florida only.
No lychee fruit or plant parts can be moved out of Lee County to other locations in Florida. * Source: FDACS Website
The lychee erinose mite has been found in the following Florida counties:
Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota
For more information check out the slideshow and websites linked below. This information was compiled via FDACS & UF/IFAS TREC.
FDACS has developed control actions to eliminate the mite and has begun this treatment in Miami-Dade County. FDACS will perform these activities at no expense to the owner.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CONTACT THE DPI HELPLINE