Typically spiders are those annoying pests that scare you in the bath, however, there is another type of spider that scares gardeners even more. This spider is called a Spider Mite and is one of the main ways plants get damaged.
What is a Spider Mite?
Spider mites are members of the Acari family. They generally live on the undersides of leaves, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. When left unattended, Spider Mites can reduce plant growth whilst also damage the plant’s ability to produce fruits and flowers. Luckily, all is not lost as we have all the details you need to get rid of these pesky pests.
How to get rid of Spider Mites
Often hard to see because they are small, Spider Mites can be found on a plant’s leaves and stems. If you think your plants’ have Spider Mite, there are a few ways you can easily check. First, check your plants’ leaves for yellow spots of damage. Next, place a piece of paper underneath the leaf and give it a light shake. If there are any black dots on the paper, your plants’ more than likely have a Spider Mite infestation. If this is the case, you will need a bug spary to get rid of the infestation before further damage is done to the plant.