One of the questions I get asked the most is “What is the best way to get rid of Spider Mites naturally?” Spider mites are tiny pests that belong to the arachnid family. They eat the leaves and suck the sap out of your garden plants like ornamental flowers, strawberries, beans, eggplants, tomatoes, beans, melons, and various fruit trees.
What’s more, they reproduce rapidly so before you know it, the leaves on your plants have yellow or white spots and white cottony webs are suffocating them.
You might be tempted to bust out the insecticide and spray these pests away but these chemicals may be doing more harm than good. Synthetic pesticides can stimulate male mite reproduction resulting in an even bigger infestation after spraying.
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How to Control Spider Mites Naturally
There are many natural ways to kill Spider Mites and today we’ll talk about the best ways to kill the Spider Mites naturally without harming the plant they have infested.
Here are a few homemade Spider Mite killer:
Use Water Sprays
Using a garden hose with a spray nozzle attached, spray the leaves of infested plants with strong water pressure to remove mites and their webs from under the leaves.
For indoor plants, you can use a wet sponge to wipe off the leaves of your plants.
Take Away Heavily Infested Leaves
To prevent Spider Mites from spreading to other parts of your plants, remove heavily infested leaves and seal them away in plastic bags before disposing of them.
If a whole plant is infested, you need to get rid of that plant to prevent the infestation from spreading to your other plants.
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Mix Your Own Homemade Spider Mite Killer And Repellent Spray
There are several DIY natural Spider Mite repellent sprays you can make at home. You can try mixing dish soap with water and use it to spray under the leaves of infected plants.
However, bear in mind that some plants are more sensitive to soap which can lead to leaf burn.
Your other options include:
- Cayenne pepper and water
- Mashed garlic cloves and water
- Food-grade wax with cayenne pepper extract.
Apply Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an organic pesticide that removes the outer layer of spider mites’ cuticles. In a few weeks, Spider Mites will start dying off because of dehydration and starvation.
Use Beneficial Insects
When it comes to keeping Spider Mites away from your garden, nature just might be the best thing to have on your side. There are insects that naturally feed on these arachnids including six-spotted thrips, lady beetles, and minute pirate bug species.
Keeping your garden free of Spider Mites can be a daunting challenge, but if you keep a close watch you can catch it before an infestation takes over the plant.
A healthy plant can withstand an infestation as well as recover from it easier, so make sure your plants are well taken care of and they’ll have a much better chance at recovery if they encounter Spider Mites.
Killing Spider Mites naturally is always the better choice. Using these methods will ensure your plants stays happy and healthy without chemicals.
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