Keep the plants out of the afternoon sun: Spider mites like dry, arid weather. Keeping your plants away from the hot afternoon sun or setting a humidifier close to the plants is an excellent way to discourage spider mites. These are just some tips on how to control spider mites once they have taken hold of your plants. There are several ways through which you can get rid of spider mites. Both chemical and natural: Best Natural Spider Mites Control Methods.
Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest natural enemies to spider mites is actually a different kind of mite: the western predatory mite. You could also create an environment where any one of the following natural predators thrive so as to keep the spider mite population under control: Spider mite destroyer lady beetle Bigeyed bugs Lacewing larvae Six spotted thrips Minute pirate bugs. But if you find that this method of control just isn’t working for you, then it is time to bring out the big guns: Insecticides That Get Rid Spider Mites. Pesticides and miticides are the best options if you need to completely rid your plants of spider mites. However, you are advised to use non-toxic, organic options for two main reasons: The toxic kind might also get rid of other natural predators that help keep spider mite infestations under control Because they breed so fast, spider mites quickly develop a resistance to most pesticides and miticides. Additionally, organic pesticides and miticides are just safer for use around the house and on your farm as well.
Here is a quick list of some pesticides that you should consider using to get rid of spider mites: Botanical Oils (Insecticidal Oils) Insecticidal Soaps Azadirachtin & Neem Oils Diatomaceous Earth. These are some of your best options when it comes to DIY solutions for spider mite control. Why You Need to Call A Pest Management Professional. But when it is all said and done, the best course of action you can take against any kind of pest infestations, spider mites or otherwise is to call a pest management professional. We are highly trained and well equipped to deal with any kind of pest infestation on any scale. By hiring us, you can rest assured that we will run a thorough check of the pest situation in your home. Not only will we get rid of the spider mites that have invaded your property through biological control, but we will also give you practical recommendations on how to keep populations to a minimum as well as give you a quick rundown on all other pest-risks you run. Give us a call today and let us help you keep that spider mite population at zero as well as show you how to keep your property pest-free. Spider mites are part of the mite family and are related to spiders, ticks, and other mites. Although they’re a common cannabis pest, they can be very difficult to get rid of. First Sign of Spider Mite Damage – Tiny Specks (Bite Marks) On Leaves. Picture of spider mites on a cannabis leaf – they’re tiny and often found under the leaves. Learn how to get rid of spider mites for good – this pest can be a marijuana grower’s worst nightmare! Spider mites have tiny sharp mouths that pierce individual plant cells and suck out the contents. This is what results in the tiny yellow, orange or white speckles you see on your plant leaves. Spider mites are common cannabis pests, especially when growing in soil. Although less common in hydroponics, spider mites can show up in any setup where cannabis is being cultivated! Extreme Close-Up of Two-Spotted Spider Mites with Egg. Spider mites can be an especially tricky pest in the grow room. Since they are so small they can build up a big infestation before a grower even notices a single mite. Many growers see the distinctive tiny spots of a spider mite infestation and think it’s some sort of nutrient deficiency, not realizing it’s actually something far more sinister. An infestation often causes leaves with tons of spots/bites to turn yellow. Spider mites and their eggs, found on the back of cannabis leaves. If the infestation goes on too long, you’ll start to see webbing on your plants and buds. Here’s why… Rapid reproduction – a single mature female spider mite can produce a million mites in less than a month Disappearing act – spider mites often appear to be gone/killed, then they come back with a vengeance days or weeks later, right when you thought you’d gotten rid of them for good. Big appetites – spider mites can eat up your tender plants in an amazingly short amount of time; a bad infestation has been known to kill plants overnight Webbing – spider mites cover leaves and buds with a fine mesh of silk webbing, ruining whole crops even after you get rid of the spider mites Zombie-like resistance – spider mites quickly become immune to whatever you do to try to kill them; if you don’t take care of your spider mite problem by eradicating them completely from your grow room, you may soon find you have a population of ‘Super-mites’.
The two-spotted spider mite which specializes in cannabis seems to be particularly resistant to insecticides and is sometimes referred to as “the borg” in the cannabis growing community. These ‘borg’ spider mites with two spots on their back can be almost impossible to get rid of! Read one grower’s journey to get rid of the “borg” spider mites in his grow room. Spider mites often go unnoticed at first because they are so tiny that they look like spots to the naked eye. Male spider mites are about 1/50th of an inch long (.5mm) while females are slightly smaller at about 1/64″ (.4mm). It’s hard to imagine something that tiny, but the picture below might help give you an idea of how small they are: Under a microscope you can see they have four pairs of legs, no antennae and a body shaped like an oval. When spider mites attack a particular spot and you see lots of speckles near each other, the leaves may start looking yellow or bronze. Although it starts with speckles, this pest has certainly earned the “spider” part of its name from the distinctive silk webbing they spin on vegetation, leaves, and flowers once an infestation really sets in. Web-producing spider mites may completely coat the foliage and flowers with the fine silk, which collects dust and looks dirty.
With flowering plants, you may even see entire buds get covered in fine webbing from a bad spider mite infestation.