Spider mites are arachnids as they have 8 legs and 2 body segments. However, despite their appearance, they are not actually spiders.
Part of this difference is in how they eat. Spiders will capture insects and then suck the juices out of the insects or other prey they capture. However, spider mites generally eat plants and not insects. This makes them much more of a pest for gardeners as they are likely to eat most plants where as spiders will keep the bugs away from the plants.
In short, a spider is a gardener’s friend, the spider mite is not. If you think you have an issue with spider mites then you may want to contact a local pest control professional. You can find out more here.
The Signs Of Infestation
If you’re at all concerned about a spider mite infestation then you should click here. When the infestation has taken hold you’re likely to see orange color webs across your plants. These are the webs created by the mites, the orange is the actual mites.
You’ll notice a plant becomes stipulated during the early stages of an infestation. The stippling is actually a result of the mites plunging their needle-like teeth into the plant; this allows them to suck the sap from the plant.
This is a minute wound which can quickly become an issue for any plant. The mites will take the goodness from the plant and leave it wilted or discolored. The result will be the slow death of your plant, despite your best efforts.
This is why it is essential to deal with a spider mite issue as quickly as possible.
Dealing With Spider Mites
It is possible to use natural remedies to get rid of spider mites. However, if this doesn’t work or the infestation is particularly large you’ll need to seek expert help. The sooner you get rid of the pests the better.
Neems oil has been found to be useful when dealing with spider mites. A little oil around the base of each plant can discourage the spider mites from arriving or staying on a plant.
You can also use predatory spider mites that actually feed on the plant-based spider mites. The predatory spider mites do not affect the growth of the plant. However, it can take several months for the predatory spider mites to eliminate the plant-eating spider mites.
Another option is simply to remove any infected plant from your garden, this will ensure the spider mites cannot spread from one plant to the other and may be more effective than trying to treat the issue.
But, if you adopt this approach you should also get the professionals in to assess where the spider mites have arrived from and how you can prevent the issue from happening in future years.
The fasts approach is, without doubt, a professional pest service which will spray the plants, killing the spider mites without harming the plant or other insects.