Spider Mites

This week, for Plant Tip Tuesday...

We're covering one of the most common critters to find on your indoor house plants - spider mites.

Spider mites are itty-bitty, quick-moving arachnids that can reproduce prolifically, thriving in warm and dry environments. You may not spot them at first glance, but they leave behind a visible, thin silky webbing, typically on the underside of leaves, along the mid rib.

Some other signs that could indicate the presence of spider mites are:

  • leaf drop
  • a lightened, mottled leaf appearance
  • distorted new growth

Examples of plants that are especially susceptible are:

  • Ivy
  • Hibiscus
  • Jasmine
  • Palms
  • Crotons
  • Birds of Paradise

Spider mites are treatable!

  1. Start by assessing your plants to determine treatment feasibility
  2. Disinfect the area and isolate the affected plant
  3. Shower the foliage with a good stream of tepid water.
  4. Once dry, apply a thorough spray of insecticidal soap, then treat the soil with diatomaceous earth. 
  5. Mist regularly, and repeat this treatment every two weeks until there are no further signs of insect activity. 
Examining plants closely and regularly helps to detect insets early and avoid issues with infestations!