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Mint Pests

Pests of National Significance

Insect and Mite pests

  • Cutworms: Agrotis spp., Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
  • Tobacco caterpillar: Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
  • Aphids (Peach aphid): Myzus persicae Sulzer (Hemiptera: Aphididae)
  • Mealy bug: Planococcus citri Risso (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae)
  • Flea beetle: Longitarsus ferrugineus Foudras (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
  • Hairy Caterpillar: Spilosoma obliqua Walker (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae)
  • Red Pumpkin Beetle: Aulocophora foevicollis Lucas (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
  • Leaf webber: Syngamia abruptalis Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)
  • Semilooper: Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Lepidoptera: Nocuidae)
  • Spider mites (Two-spotted spider mite): Tetranychus urticae C. L. Koch. Peanonychus spp. (Acari: Tetranychidae)

Diseases

  • Mint rust: Puccinia menthae Pers.
  • Verticillium wilt: Verticillium dahliae Kleb
  • Stem and stolon canker: Rhizoctonia solani Kühn
  • Powdery Mildew: Erysiphe cichoracearum DC.
  • Black Stem Rot: Phoma strasseri Moesz
  • Anthracnose: Sphaceloma menthae Jenk.
  • Septoria leaf spot: Septoria menthae Oudem.
  • Ramularia leaf spot: Ramularia menthicola Sacc.
  • Stolon decay: Fusarium solani (Mart.) Sacc
  • Leaf blight: Cephalosporium sp.

Weeds

Broad leaf

  • Pigweed: Amaranthus viridis Hook. F. Amaranthaceae
  • Swine cress: Coronopus didymus (L.) Sm. Brassicaceae
  • Black nightshade: Solanum nigrum L. Solanaceae
  • False amaranth: Digera arvensis Forssk. Amaranthaceae
  • Common purselane: Portulaca oleracea L. Portualacaceae
  • Carrot grass: Parthenium hysterophorus L. Asteraceae

Grasses

  • Rabbit/crow foot grass: Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Willd Poaceae
  • Crab grass: Digiteria sanguinalis (L.) Scop. Poaceae
  • Goose grass: Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertner. Poaceae
  • Burmuda grass: Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. Poaceae

Sedges

  • Nutsedge: Cyperus rotundus/ Cyperus iria/Cyperus difformis L. Cyperaceae

Nematodes

  • Root lesion nematode: Pratylenchus penetrans Cobb Pratylenchidae
  • Pin nematodes: Paratylenchus hamatus Thorne & Allen, P. microdorus Andrassy, P. macrophallus (de Man) Goodey (Tylenchulidae)

IPM for Mint

To know the IPM practices for Mint, click here.

Source: NIPHM; Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage



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