A Shower a Day Will Keep the Spider Mites Away


Last year I had a spider mite problem on my tomatoes and squash. They are a very common pest on vegetables and indoor plants. The damage cau...

Last year I had a spider mite problem on my tomatoes and squash. They are a very common pest on vegetables and indoor plants. The damage causes yellow spotting on the leaves and stem, eventually destroying the plant. 


When they get numerous, it is easy to observe their characteristic webbing

Individually they are very small, but a few can turn into an infestation very quickly. There are anti-mite sprays available, but I prefer to give nature a nudge and let the predators take care of the problem. 

One method is to keep the plants clean. I remember observing gardeners in Kathmandu clean the leaves of plants during the dry dusty periods with a damp cloth. Those of you who live in an area where it rains often may not be aware of this as a problem. Here in Southern California, we will not see another rain storm until November. The plants and trees get dusty. The dirty leaves will be a good starting location for the mites. 

Last summer, I started hitting my plants with a hard spray of water from the hose once a week. It seemed to work. This year I am going to try a new method to keep the plants clean: Overhead spraying as opposed to drip-irrigation. 

I have mounted the drip system on poles, or attached sprayers to the tops of tomato cages. The effect is a rain shower as can be seen in the video below (also a moment of calm 😎)

Will it prevent spider mites this summer? Stay tuned. 

Please feel free to comment. Do you have a method for controlling spider mites?

Lacewing larva and Lady Bird beetles eat mites. You can also buy predatory mites on Amazon for about $25. That is a lot, but you have to feel sorry for the poor person counting out 2000 predatory mites for each bottle. 



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At Home and Away: A Shower a Day Will Keep the Spider Mites Away
A Shower a Day Will Keep the Spider Mites Away
At Home and Away
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