You may be living with spider mites and not even know it until their plant’s leaves are already dying. It can be difficult to spot spider mites lurking on your houseplants and they can become destructive pretty quickly. However, if you treat your plant early enough you can avoid the problem completely.
Make Spider Mites a Pest of the Past
What are spider mites?
Spider mites feed from your plant by sucking sap from the leaves. As the days begin to grow longer and your house warms up, the mites will once again begin feeding and reproducing – the less humidity in the air the faster they reproduce. You should mist your plants with water at least twice a week – many homes have dry air.
How to get rid of spider mites:
Spider mites can be difficult to control. Infestations are easiest to control when spotted in the early stages. When buying new plants, you should check the lower leaf surfaces for evidence of mites. Spraying plants with a strong stream of water from a garden hose or faucet can remove many mites from leaf surfaces. You should spray the water directly upward against the lower leaf surfaces. Remove dead leaves and stems and dispose of them right away to keep your mite problem from spreading.
So, what now?
To make sure your mite problem is gone, treat your plants with Kapow, an insecticide that incorporates natural ingredients, like lemongrass oil, to rid your plants of pests without harming their surroundings. Once the problem is gone, be sure to spray your plants with Green Thumb. This product will keep the insects, mildew, and mold away while simultaneously benefitting your foliage.