How to Get Rid of Spider Mites

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Spider mites are tiny arachnids that can create big problems for plant lovers. These pests are prone to attacking flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Spider mites suck the juice from a plant, which results in yellowing leaves and possibly death of the plant. 

These pests can be hard to control because they have a short life cycle and can reproduce rapidly. If the infection is adverse, it can quickly spread to other plants in your garden. Thus, getting rid of them and preventing their occurrence can save your prized plants. Here is how to stop spider mites from ruining your plants.

Types of Plants Mostly Affected

Plants that suffer from spider mites include a wide variety of everyday landscape and garden plants. You are likely to find them on vegetables such as okra, tomato, beet, carrot, and eggplant. Spider mites affect common landscape plants, including daylily flowers, carnation flowers, herbs like rosemary, and parsley. Fruits; papaya trees, apricots, apple trees, and plums.

How to Control Spider Mites

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Once you discover that spider mites are infesting your plants, you should begin treating and eliminating them immediately. And since these pests can be resistant to some treatments, try alternating the following modes of homemade treatment;

  • Your focus should be to contain the infection immediately by quarantining the infected plants.
  • Take your infested plant (s) to the bathtub and wash the leaves using homemade insecticidal soap. Ensure to rinse the leaves thoroughly to ascertain that all the mites are washed away. Check out the proper mixing ratios here. Insecticidal soap works by suffocating the spider mites and their eggs or larvae.
  • Make a homemade neem oil spray for your plants. Neem oil is effective in controlling and preventing spider mites infestation on plants. For best results, spray your plants with neem oil solution after washing them with insecticidal soap. To make your neem oil spray for spider mites, mix;
  • A teaspoon and a half of pure neem oil concentrate
  • One teaspoon of mild liquid soap
  • One liter of lukewarm water

           Spray the above solution to the infected leaves.

  • Use hot pepper wax spray or horticultural oil to repel these bugs from your plants. The spray creates a thin layer on the plant to deter spider mites and other pests from attacking your plants. 
  • Make pepper spray and apply it to the bottoms and tops of your plant leaves. Mix one teaspoon of hot sauce with a quart of warm water and add a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Let the mixture sit overnight before spraying it the next day.
  • Dislodge the mites from the plant using a high-pressure water spray. This approach will also eliminate their protective webbing.
  • Discard any severely infested plant.

How to Prevent Spider Mites Infestation in Your Garden

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It’s always better to prevent these pests from infesting your garden in the first place than to try to get rid of them once they’ve taken hold. Here are some tips for preventing spider mites:

  • Thoroughly inspect any newly bought plants before mixing them with the rest.
  • If you suspect one plant is infested, quarantine it to avoid spreading the infection.
  • Keep plants well-watered: Spider mites thrive in dry conditions; watering or humidifying your plants will discourage their presence.
  • Use insect traps: They are good at trapping insects before reaching your plants. Place the traps near the plants to get hold of any pests attracted to the plants.
  • Inspect your plants frequently: inspecting your plants for pests can save you from the menace of spider mites. This is because you will detect the infestation when it’s still mild.
  • Introduce spider repelling plants: Plants such as lavender, garlic, and chrysanthemums will keep spider mites away from your garden. Plant them in between your garden for the best results.

Conclusion

Knowing how to eliminate spider mites can help you save a dying plant and prevent further attacks on other plants. Putting the tips above into practice will counter spider mites in your garden and keep your precious garden plants healthy and thriving. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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