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Problem Solver: Deformed Fruit

Deformed fruit can be a sign of citrus bud mite infestation. Lemon trees seem to be particularly susceptible.  The original damage occurs when the bud mite feeds on the tiny developing fruit.  Damage becomes more obvious as the fruit grows.

Citrus bud mite, spider mites, citrus thrips and many other pests can be controlled by spraying light horticultural oil at the time that pests are present.  Because ants will often encourage and protect pests, it is important to prevent ants from accessing citrus trees.  Infestations can often be controlled by using targeted ant baits.  Do not allow ants to nest in citrus pots.

See our pest control page for more information.