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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 pest problem for plants. Spider mites are not true insects but are actually in the same family as spiders, ticks, and other arachnids. As a common plant pest, spider mites attack plants by using needle-shaped mouthparts to suck the sap out of growing plants. These mites can spread quickly, literally sucking the life out of your once healthy 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 a mite infestation include the presence of fine webbing, yellowing, flecking, leaf loss, and eventually plant death.

Spider mite infestationSpider mites are very small, about the size of a punctuation mark when fully grown, and they can range in color from brown, yellow and green depending on the season. Spider mites can cause a garden infestation seemingly overnight because of their quick growth period, growing to full size within a week. These insect look-alikes can also produce up to 12 eggs per week, making it easy for an infestation to get out of hand quickly.

Adult mites overwinter within cracks in tree bark or underneath garden debris. Spider mites are much more active during the summer months because mites 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 help from insect control professionals. 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 infestation. 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.

While DIY methods of pest control do exist, many find fending off mites is an uphill battle. Small mite invasions may be manageable, but they can quickly get out of hand. With these kinds of pests, it is best to stop the root of the problem as quickly as possible. Spider mites are known to cause extensive, irreversible damage to both indoor and outdoor plants. Senske employs a number of tactics to reign in a mite problem with minimal side effects. Our applications eliminate mites that would otherwise destroy your plants and prevent the likelihood of them returning.

Do not let an infestation caused by 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.