How to Kill Spider Mites and Save the Plants You Love

11756319_sSo, you have them all over your beloved plants and now it is time to figure out how to kill spider mites. The little buggers will really damage your foliage and they are incredibly resilient.

Spider mites are in the Acari subclass of Arachnida, the class which houses all of the traditional spiders to which we are all used to. Many types of spider mites can spin silk webbing to protect themselves from predators.

The creatures feed solely on plants and are known to feast on hundreds of species. The over 1,200 types of spider mites are a true bane to plant lovers around the world.

Spider mites thrive in hot/dry times of the year. Be sure to check for them religiously when the temperature tops 80 for extended periods, because they mature from birth to adulthood in as little as five days.

After that, females lay as many as 20 eggs per day in their remaining one-to-three weeks on Earth – that adds up fast. How fast? How about one female mite having one million mites in her family tree when she croaks.


How Do I Get Rid of Them? has dozens of options for eradicating spider mites, starting as little as $16. Miticides are a more expensive option, but also highly effective.

So, check your plants and react accordingly, especially in the summer months.

Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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