How to Get Rid of Spider Mites

Whether you’re growing ornamental plants in your garden or trying to keep your fruit trees healthy, you can’t ignore the presence of spider mites. Fortunately, you can control these pests with a few common-sense approaches.

The best way to get rid of spider mites is to treat your plants as soon as you notice them. This will reduce the damage and prevent the spiders from causing further damage. However, if you don’t have time to get rid of the mites, you can protect your plant by using non-chemical approaches.

For example, you can use horticultural oils. These oils are designed to suffocate the insects. They are effective at controlling mite outbreaks but should be applied weekly. You also need to make sure to not apply the oil on the roots of your plant, as this may suffocate the roots and harm them.

Another method is to spray your houseplants with insecticidal soaps. These are also very effective. If you are concerned about the use of chemicals, you can try cinnamon and clove oils. Or, you can use rosemary oil as an acaricide.

There are many other natural enemies of spider mites. Some species of beneficial insects can help by feeding on the mites. Other natural pests such as lace bugs can also cause similar symptoms.

The most effective ways to control spider mites are to avoid treating your plants with broad-spectrum insecticides. As well, you should quarantine your plant if you discover any infestation.