Spider mites are a terrible problem that gardeners hate to run into. While there are many rid your plants of the pesky spider mite, prevention is always the best solution. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble just by keeping spider mites away in the first place. Here’s how:
4 Ways to Prevent Spider Mites
- Use water. Since they inhabit the underside of leaves, you can spray those areas with water. This should knock off the mites and send them on their way since they prefer dry conditions. However, this is only a temporary solution – once the plants are dry the mites will most likely come back.
- Use other plants. Certain plants naturally repel spider mites, such as onions, chili, garlic, cloves, lavender, or cilantro. By placing these plants near your houseplants, you can drive away spider mites and other insects.
- Be organically healthy. Keeping plants healthy and strong will make it easier to keep the spider mites off of your plants. Proper sunlight, nutrients, water, soil drainage, are all factors that lead to a healthy plant. Also, spider mites are more drawn to older plants, so it’s important to maintain them and keep them in healthy condition to keep the pests away.
- Stay tidy. Cleanliness is a huge part of keeping spider mites away. Clean up debris and loose plant matter – this can prevent the spread or transfer of mites. If you have indoor and outdoor plants, you should clean yourself and your tools after working outside. Any new plants you purchase should be kept separate from others. Once you’ve carefully inspected the plants, then you can place them with the rest of your plants. If your plants have become infested with spider mites, completely clean and disinfect the growing area. It can be very difficult to rid your plants of spider mite eggs – if there are any left behind then a whole new generation of spider mites will start.
If your attempts to prevent spider mites were unsuccessful, you can treat the issue with Kapow. Kapow is a natural insecticide that uses organic ingredients, like lemongrass oil, to rid plants of pests like spider mites. Once the issue is resolved, apply Green Thumb to your plants to keep the bugs away while benefiting your foliage at the same time.