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Garden Spider Mites Control

Spider mites and be a real pest in the garden. These teeny, tiny bugs can infest your plants, sucking on the plant juices. Mites will lay their eggs on the plant leaves, but may be quite hard to see.

Tell-tale signs of spider mites, is the presence of small cobweb-like tents on the sides and undersides of leaves. Another sign is yellowing, or speckled leaves.

Spider mites like hot, dry weather. They are less of a problem in wet weather.

How to Control Spider Mites - Chemicals

Spider mites can be controlled by most general purpose insecticides.

Organic Spider Mite Control Methods

Chemical controls may be okay for the home, yard or even the flower garden. But, vegetable gardeners usually prefer to keep the chemicals out of the food they ultimately consume.

Here are some organic controls for garden ants:

  • Add one ounce of salt to a gallon of water. Spray the area affected. Important note: Too much salt can be harmful to your plants.

  • Encourage beneficial insects- ladybugs, and lacewings.

  • Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with a quart of water. Spray plants.

  • Coriander also repels spider mites. Use it in a spray, mixed with water.

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