Spider Mites on Houseplants

May 23rd, 2014   •   Comments Off   

So you’ve taken all the precautions, you’ve been diligent in a checking your plants, and you even treated your greenery with a miticide last month. Yet despite all of that, you’re now beginning to see the signs of a new spider mite infestation.

What to do? Relax.

Finding spider mites on houseplants does not necessarily mean the end of the world. All you need is the right product and a good strategy, and you can be mite free in a relatively short amount of time.

Spider mites are invasive little creatures that are merely a nuisance to homeowners. But they can be devastating to farmers and horticulturists if they are allowed to do their dirty work unchecked. In order to keep them from being a problem in your garden or home, there are some things you need to do:

+ Learn to recognize the warning signs
+ Separate infested plants
+ Treat the infestation
+ Carry on with follow-up treatments for future prevention

The Warning Signs

A good number of people who suffer from serious spider mite infestations claim they knew all of the warning signs before yet were still unsuccessful in preventing a full-scale infestation. That may very well be true for many of them. But others only know what to look for after the spider mite infestation has gotten out of control. There are early warning signs that can be used to identify an infestation while still in its early stages.

Since spider mites are so incredibly small, they’re very hard to see and identify in the early stages of an infestation. But by using the simple “white paper” test you can determine very quickly whether or not you have them. For this test all you’ll need is a piece of plain white paper to hold under plant leaves while you gently tap the stem. If you have any dark specks that fall of the paper and begin to move around, you’ll know that they are spider mites. Any specks that drop the paper but do not move are probably just dirt. When you do find infested plants you should separate them from the other healthy plants in your home or garden.

Treating the infestation

You have several options for treating spider might infestation. The two most common are commercial miticides or an all-natural product like Liquid Ladybug. Miticides can be effective, but they can also be dangerous to plants and animals, and they tend to be more expensive. With a substance like Liquid Ladybug, you’re getting a safe product as effective in bringing down a spider mite infestation costing you an arm and a leg.

Preventative treatments make the success rate of Liquid Ladybug and similar products very high. After you have rid yourself of the initial infestation, a follow-up application once a week will prevent spider mites from returning.

So remember, spider mites on houseplants can be dealt with very easily. Get your Liquid Ladybug today and take the fight to the mite.

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