Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spider Mites!

Spider Mites, how i loathe thee. If yo do know what spider mites are, I'm sorry. If you don't know what spider mites are, I'm sorry. I found out today that some of my plants ended up getting spider mites on them. DOH! So what is a spider mite and what do they do?

 Spider mites are super small, and leave webs like a spider. They eat plants, and breed like wildfire. They are not very nice looking huh? You don't have to worry about them hurting you. They eat plants. Spider mites do get fairly big though. (Just writing about this gives me he Hebe geebies.)

So how do you get rid of them? There are a few answers to that. First if you are able, isolate the plants that you see webs on. If you can enclose the plant in a container, you can raise the humidity for a few days and they should do the trick.

 What if that doesn't work, Help my plant is dying! Well you can take rubbing alcohol and water in a 1:1 solution, put that in a spray bottle. When the solution is in a spray bottle, spray the plant, focusing on the under sides of the leafs, and the base of the plant. This should kill off most of them. If they are still making webs, repeat a few days later.

 Hey! Uh still doing it, now what? Well you will need to use a miticide on your plants. Make sure you talk to a garden expert in your area or do a bunch of research on these guys before you go down this route. Sometimes miticide will have adverse reactions to your plants.

 Yo man, I want to be all natural and stuff, what do you have for me to use? Alright, so all natural it is
Mix 1 part canola oil into 50 parts water (about 1 tablespoon oil to 1 litre water). Add a few drops of dish washing detergent and shake well.  Spray this mixture to take care of your pest problem. They make a wide range of green dish washing soaps

There are a few dusts and sprays for the spider mites. Your local lawn and garden center should have them, or check the web.

So there you have it, a few great options. If you know another great idea let us know. I hope this helps, and that your spider mite problem, and mine will be taken care of.

 Thanks for reading,

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