Spider mites are almost like teeny tiny spiders. These pinhead-sized pests create webs over infested plants. But, before you can get rid of spider mites, you’ll have to struggle to find them. At 1/50 of an inch long, the adults are so small you might even need a magnifying glass. Eggs and young spider mites can be even smaller. These pests are often pale in colour or sometimes look reddish-brown. They tend to hang out on the underside of leaves. Like many pests, including aphids, spider mites hurt plants by sucking out their juices. They thrive in warm, dry houses. Spider mites prefer broad, thin leaf plants such as fiddle leaf fig, alocasia, and palms.
Keeping your plants healthy is the number one way to protect your plants from spider mites away.
COMMON SIGNS OF DAMAGE
Spider mite webs are usually tight, small, and commonly found along stem joints and undersides of leaves. By the time webs appear, the plant is infested and home to many spider mites. You’ll want to keep your eyes open for earlier signs, such as yellowing leaves. Leaves might start falling off your plant if the spider mite infestation is bad enough. We don’t want that!
7 STEPS TO GET RID OF SPIDER MITES
1. Isolate the infested plants from others. You want to make sure to get rid of all spider mites before they can spread throughout your beloved plants.
2. Keep infested plants relatively dry.
3. If you can tell there are only a few mites, wipe down your leaves using a damp cloth or a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol.
4. When dry, try to wash spider mites off your plants in the sink, shower, or outside with a hose. Spray with a strong stream of water. Make sure to get the underside of leaves super well. Note: If your plants are delicate, try dipping them in room-temperature water instead. Or skip this step altogether.
5. Let your plant completely dry before using insecticides. Spray all parts of the plant with insecticidal soap. Ensure you spray every part of the stem and both the underside and upper sides of the leaves.
6. Monitor the plant over the next week. Repeatedly spray plants as needed.
7. In between treatments, use sticky traps around your plants to catch spider mites.