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Spider Mites: The Tiny Destroyer

Almost too small to see with the naked eye, spider mites can become a very big problem for plants. A common plant pest, spider mites attack plants by using needle-shaped mouth parts to suck the sap out of growing plants. Spider mites live in colonies, usually on the underside of leaves, and leave the plants with a spotted appearance as evidence of feeding. Injuries caused to plants as a result of spider mites include signs of flecking, discoloration, leaf loss, and eventually plant death.

Spider mite infestationSpider mites are very small, about the size of a period when fully grown, and they can range in color from brown, yellow and green depending on the season. Spider mites can take over a garden seemingly overnight because of their quick growth period, growing to full size within a week. They also can produce up to 12 eggs per week, making it easy for a spider mite problem to get out of hand quickly.

Adult spider mites overwinter within cracks in tree bark or underneath garden debris. Spider mites are much more active during the summer months because they thrive in hot conditions and it is also the growing season for the plants that the spider mites feed on.

Spider mite invasionControl of spider mites can be difficult without professional help. One method for trying to control spider mites is to make sure plants stay watered during dry conditions. Keeping the plants well-watered helps to cut down on the stress the plants are under during a spider mite outbreak. Also, periodically spraying the plants with strong jets of water can disrupt the spider mite nests and delay egg laying, as well as displacing the mites themselves.

Do not let spider mites take over your plants. Contact us today at (877) 944-4007 or click to request a FREE estimate. Our technicians have the training and experience to deal with spider mites and keep your plants strong, healthy, and spider mite free.