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Spider Mites Control and Spider Mites Extermination

Pest Control
By Aleksey Gnilenkov from Moscow, Russia (Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

While Spider Mites have eight legs and are part of the arachnid family, you don’t have to worry about them biting you. These microscopic spiders are more interested in your plants than you. Spider Mites will attach themselves to the underside of leaves in order to suck the nutrients out. You more than likely will not be able to find them with your naked eye, you may need a microscope in order to see them, or you can just check for their webs. As a result of a spider mites, the leaves of plants will lose nutrition and in turn become discolored and eventually fall off. Spider mites are most often seen during the spring months when plants are starting to bloom. Females can lay up to 300 eggs during the course of just a couple weeks, which is why the population can occasionally be difficult to control.

The best way to prevent spider mites from being interested in your plants is to provide your plants with proper water and nutrition. Spider Mites will seek out sickly plants and thrive in dry conditions. While Spider Mites can attack both indoor and outdoor plants, if they are on exterior plants you may be able to release some of their natural enemies to help control the population. Predatory mites are one of the best to purchase and release, for this purpose. Most pesticides will not kill Spider Mites, and occasionally can make the situation worse rather than better. Spider mites can form a resistance relatively quick to new pesticides. The pesticides may also end up killing larger insects that would eat the spider mites naturally. The best option is to shear off the infected leaves and stems and throw them away promptly to discourage spreading. If necessary, there are certain soaps that have insecticides on them you can use to wash the infected plants with. These will not directly harm your plant, and will kill the spider mites feeding off of it.