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Spider Mites On Houseplants 2

spider mites on houseplants 2
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Spider mites are a gardener’s foe. Considered a serious nuisance outdoors and on houseplants, this pest is tough to see until plant injury occurs. Spider mites congregate on the underside of leaves, sip on plant fluids and remove chlorophyll. Visible signs include webbing and white or yellow speckles on leaves; defoliation occurs in severe cases (see References 1). The twospotted spider mite feasts on over 100 species of plants (see References 4). To rid your garden of spider mites organically, learn what conditions favor this pest and consider both control measures and preventive strategies. google_ad_channel = '6887971154'; google_ad_client = 'pub-3235755782694080'; google_ad_output = 'js'; google_max_num_ads = '1'; google_ad_type = 'text'; google_image_size = '180x150'; google_feedback = 'on'; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = 'bottom'; google_label_text = 'Sponsored link'; 1Confirm spider mites are on the plant by holding a stem and lightly shaking the leaf over white paper. Spider mites feed on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see with the naked eye. Observe the specks on the paper with a magnifying lens. Spider mites move slowly, have eight legs and are red, yellow, brown or green. The twospotted spider mite, identified by the spots on its back, is particularly troublesome. (See References 1) 2Dislodge and kill spider mites with water. Attach a spray nozzle on the hose and direct a high-pressure stream of water on the undersides of leaves. For houseplants, wet a sponge and wipe each leaf. (See References 1) 3Remove heavily infested leaves. Place leaves in a plastic bag and discard. If spider mites cover a houseplant, consider discarding the entire plant. This prevents the pests from infesting other plants in the vicinity. (See References 4) 4Spray leaves with a solution of rosemary oil or rosemary oil-based pesticide. Rosemary essential oil is effective against spider mites and does not harm the beneficial predatory mite, Phytoseiulus persimilis. (See References 5) 5Spray a soap solution on plant leaves. Mix 3 tbsp. of dishwashing soap into a gallon of water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and apply to the foliage, especially the undersides of the leaves. Reapply in six days if spider mites continue to feed on the plant. Some plants are more sensitive to soap solutions than others; leaves with more hairs hold solutions longer, increasing the chances of leaf burning. Test the solution on a small portion of the plant before spraying the entire plant. (See References 3) 6Encourage beneficial insects and arachnids that prey on spider mites. The predator mites snack on spider mites; they look similar to spider mites, but move faster. Other beneficial predators include lady beetles (Stethorus picipes), minute pirate bug species and sixspotted thrips (Scolothrips sexmaculatus). (See References 2) 7Boost the health of your plants -- stressed plants are more vulnerable to spider mites. In dry and dusty conditions, spider mites are thirsty and cause more injury. Provide proper amounts of water and nutrients to your plants; ensure that soils drain well and that plants receive optimal light. (See References 4) Things You Will Need White paper Magnifying lens Hose with spray nozzle Water Sponge Spray bottle Natural oils Dishwashing soap Warning Do not apply natural oils or soaps to plants during warm temperatures or when a plant is dehydrated. The natural solutions may burn foliage under these conditions. google_ad_channel = '4818890251'; google_ad_client = 'pub-3235755782694080'; google_ad_output = 'js'; google_max_num_ads = '4'; google_ad_type = 'text'; google_image_size = '336x280'; google_feedback = 'on'; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = 'bottom'; google_label = 'top'; google_label_text = 'Sponsored Links'; References University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; Spider Mite Management in Home Gardens; Peggy McKie and Wayne S. JohnsonUniversity of California Integrated Pest Management Online; Spider Mites; December 2000Oregon State University Extension Service; Using Home Remedies to Control Garden Pests; S. I. Rondon, et al.; December 2006Washington State University; Managing Spider Mites in the Home Environment; Arthur L. Antonelli, et al.; July 1993"Journal of Economic Entomology"; Efficacy and Persistence of Rosemary Oil as an Acaricide Against Twospotted Spider Mite (Acari: Tetranychidae) on Greenhouse Tomato; S. Miresmailli and M.B. Isman; December 2006 About the Author First published in 2001, Marie Lenahan writes about horticulture, food and green living. Her work has appeared in gardening magazines and academic journals. Lenahan holds a Ph.D. in horticultural science. 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