Spider Mites Control and Spider Mites Extermination

Pest Control
By Aleksey Gnilenkov from Moscow, Russia (Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Spider Mites are part of the arachnid family, however they are far too tiny for you to worry about biting you as they are more interested in your plants. These tiny insects are so microscopic that you will probably need a magnifying glass to see them, or you can simply check for their webs. You will find them on the underside of your plant leaves, and will suck the nutrients out; as a result the leaves will lose color and fall off. The Spider Mites often appear during spring months to feed on new plants. The females can lay 300 eggs, making the population very difficult to control.

Spider Mites seek out sickly plants, so make sure to keep your plants properly fed and watered to prevent spider mite infestations. They are known to attack both indoor and outdoor plants, so if they are on your exterior plants you may be able to release predatory mites to help control the population. Spider Mites will not react to pesticides and they can actually end up making the spider mite population worse as they build up a resistance to the pesticides. If you have Spider Mites, you can try to cut off the leaves or purchase specific soaps to wash the plants and kill the spider mites.