Pests and Diseases of Guava

Guava trees are seriously damaged by the citrus flat mite, Brevipa1pus californicus. The guava tree is attacked by 80 insect species, including 3 bark-eating caterpillars (Indarbella spp.) and the guava scale in India, but this and other scale insects are generally kept under control by their natural enemies. The green shield scale, Pulvinaria psidii, requires chemical measures in Florida, as does the guava white fly, Trialeurodes floridensis, and a weevil, Anthonomus irroratus, which bores holes in the newly forming fruits.