It’s that time of year again – the time when pesky little bugs like to take over your plants, feeding off of their sap. When red spider mites attack your plants, your plant becomes weak and, if left untreated, dies. Red spider mites typically reside on the underside of leaves, and are pretty small, but you can still see them with the naked eye. They have oval eight-legged bodies that range from a pale to dark red color. Spider mites can be a pain to get rid of, so it’s best to practice prevention and control against these bugs.
5 Steps to Prevent Spider Mites on Your Plants
- Check your plants this spring for spider mites. If your plant has been infected, it will appear overall unhealthy or weak. The undersides of your plant’s leaves will look dusty and have webbing on them. If the dust looks to be red or even moving, it’s spider mites.
- Be sure toquarantine new plants prior to adding them to your garden. Red spider mites usually appear when new, infested plants are brought in. You should let the new plant sit in your garage or shed for a few days and then inspect it for spider mites. If the plant is infested, you should take it back to where you purchased it from.
- Pests normally attack plants that are unhealthy to begin with, so it’s important to tend to your plants, trimming off unhealthy stems and keeping the ground tidy to prevent pests. Red spider mites prefer dry areas, so make sure you remember to water your plants as needed to prevent infestation.
- Spray any affected areas of your plants forcefully with water. This will knock the spider mites right off of your plant.
- Treat plants that are still infested with Kapow. It contains lemongrass oil, a natural insecticide, which kills the spider mites and keeps your plant and loved ones safe. Once treated, spray your plant with Green Thumb to ensure the bugs and any other pests stay far away.