Spider mites are pests that inhabit the undersides of the leaves of many types of plants and feed off of the sap. You’ll know your plants have become infested with them when webbing appears and the leaves become blotchy. Spider mites produce quickly if left untreated, especially when conditions are hot and dry, so it’s important to take care of the problem right away. To have a better understanding of this garden pest and how to get rid of them, it can help to understand their life cycle.
The Life Cycle of Spider Mites and How to Eliminate Them
The Time Period for Spider Mite Eggs to Hatch
Mature female spider mites lay many eggs, as many as several hundred, that stick to your plant and/or webbing. Once the eggs have hatched, they go through a larva stage and two nymph stages, before eventually becoming a sexually mature adult. The growth process can take anywhere from one to three weeks, but hot, dry environment can increase the speed of the process. While most mite species prefer this sort of climate, there are cases where they actually prefer the cooler, humid conditions of spring and fall. During these seasons, they lay dormant eggs for the summer, hibernating. Spider mites attack many different plants, but the cool weather mites favor broad-leafed evergreens and conifers. These plants should be checked during spring/fall while others should be inspected during the summer months.
Mating Among Spider Mites
Spider mites are a sexual species that mates between males and females. Mated females lay eggs that hatch into females, while unmated females will produce male mites. This is due to female mites having two sets of chromosomes, while males only have one, meaning they are very adaptable to different conditions. They have been known to become unaffected by pesticides and recover from decreases in population. There are various methods of removing spider mites from your plants, depending on the growth phase of the mites. The eggs of spider mites are small and sturdy and can be laid in clusters or scattered around the webbing. These can be especially hard to kill or remove, but spraying Pure 3-Way on your plants during vegetative growth or Kapow during bloom will do the trick!
After a few generations, spider mites become resilient to traditional poisons and just about every pesticide on the planet. However, Pure 3-Way implements an advanced polarization process to attack the exoskeleton of the spider mite, killing them 100% of the time. Pure 3-Way is best used for treatment during vegetative growth, while Kapow should be used to attack spider mites during fruit or flowering. Be sure to then apply Green Thumb to your plants through vegetative growth and in the early blooming stages to ensure the pests stay away!