Introduction: Killing Spider Mites
Are you having an uncontrollable issue with your plants? cant seem to find a way to stop the attack? NO PROBLEM! its not the end of the world!
Spider mites (Class Arachnida) are tiny sap-sucking plant pests. They attack the underside of leaves and suck the vigor from the plant; with large infestations they may even kill a plant. As soon as you spot an infestation, don't panic. Take a deep breath, I wrote this article just for you!
Step 1: Identify
Before we go too much further, lets narrow some things down or order to be sure you have a spider mite infestation.
We wouldn't want you pursuing the wrong issue!
Here are some of the most common signs of a Spider Mite infestation:
- Slowed growth
- Plant stress
- Rough leaves/ Curling downwards
- Teeny Tiny Bugs
- Small webbing around your plant
- Small pale spots on leaves
Step 2: Wipe/ Wash Leaves
Wipe the leaves of your plants regularly, this helps to get rid of large concentrations of Spider Mites as well as their eggs quickly without damaging your plant.
You will be able to see the tiny insects on your paper towel after each wipe.
- use only Cool- Warm water (NEVER HOT)
Step 3: Find Your Product
If you have tried all the following steps and still seem to have in issue, it is time to pick out a pesticide. There are many different products out there, each claiming they are the best.\
Be sure to pay attention to every label !!. After some research on how some plants can pass off chemicals into their DNA and forever carry that chemical, I decided to go with an all natural product called Instant Mite Killer.
I cannot stand having to use a respirator when spraying for mites, not i dont need to anymore and it wont burn your skin. you can buy it either in a concentrate or in a ready to use spray bottle.
Step 4: Mixing Your Product
Make sure you read the instruction for your product carefully!!!
Instant Mite Killer recommends using one oz- per gallon unless you have an extraordinary mite issue then you should use 2 oz.
See guys? This isnt too complicated.... right?
Step 5: Shake, Shake, Shake It All the Time!
ALWAYS be sure to shake your product before every use!!!! sometimes you will need to give it a shake every few minutes
Step 6: Spray, Spray, Spray Away!
Now its finally time to get to killing those annoying little things all over your plants! go ahead and soak your leaves especially the under sides where the Spider mites tend to live.
The best time to spray:
- early or late afternoon
- before or after lights turn on/off (to prevent burning)
Also Spider Mites thrive in warm environments. Once you are at the point of spraying your plants, i would recommend cooling down your grow space quite a bit. Just over 60 Degrees will do just fine, the colder temp forces the Spider Mites to slow their reproduction and movements making it easier to get them under controll. (See Above)
Step 7: Don't Forget to Respray Often
Preventative maintenance will become your best friend in this battle! If you have had a spider mite problem before, chances are you WILL get them again. They are just too small, and can hide in air vents or on clothes.
You best bet is to keep treating periodically. In cast one of those little horrible spiders starts suckling on your plants again, you wouldn't want a full blown infestation starting up again.