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 spider pests that belong to the arachnid family.
They eat the plants’ leaves and suck the sap out of the plant cells of your garden plants and different types of plants including: ornamental flowers, strawberries, beans, eggplants, tomatoes, beans, melons, ornamental plants, and various fruit trees.
What’s more, they reproduce rapidly so before you know it, the leaves on your plants have white, brown spots, or yellow spots, and white cottony fine webbing suffocating them.
The most common spider mite is the tetanychus uticae koch also known as a red spider mite or two spotted spider mite they are barely visible to the naked eye using a magnifying glass might not even help. The adult female spider mites lay eggs that are more pearl like, they usually lay eggs on the underside of leaves
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 chemical pesticides can actually stimulate male mite reproduction resulting in an even bigger spider mite infestation after spraying.
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How To Get Rid Of 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
For outdoor plants use a garden hose with a spray nozzle attached, spray the leaves of bad infested plants with strong water pressure to remove mites and their webs from underside of the leaves.
For indoor plants, you can use a wet sponge to wipe off the leaves of your plant.
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 bag before disposing of them.
If an entire 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 organic methods or DIY natural ingredients repellent sprays for Spider Mites 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.
- Neem oil and water
- Rosemary oil and water
- Isopropyl alcohol / Rubbing alcohol
- Insecticidal soap mix 2 1/2 tablespoons of mild dish soap with 2 1/2 tablespoons oil any type
Apply Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an organic pesticide that removes the outer layer of spider mites’ cuticles. In a couple of 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 are natural enemies and naturally feed on this type of arachnid including six-spotted strips, phytoseiulus persimilis, lady beetles and lady bugs, 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.
Getting rid of Spider Mites naturally is always the better choice. Using these methods will ensure your plants stay happy and healthy without chemicals.
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