The Deadly Spider Mite

Learn the most cost effective ways to discover and then eradicate the deadly spider mite from your farm or garden. Read this article to find ways to deal with spider mites.

Just one of the 1600 species

Spider mites – Just like any undertaking framing or gardening presents its coterie of challenges. One of the challenges that you may have to face is the ordeal of dealing with a spider mite. What you may need to know is that a spider mite is part of the Atari (mite) family. Fascinating fact here is that each spider mite you see is just one of the 1600 species that do exist. A spider mite lives in the underside of the plant leaves. When spider mites settle under leaves, it then forms a protective silk web.

Survives on sapping and juice from plants

What makes a spider mite deadly is that the spider mite survives on sapping plant juice and puncturing plant cells in order to feed. A spider mite is very small in size. The normal size of a spider mite is less than 1mm in size. Spider mites also come in various colors although the most popular colors in which they come is the red yellow. The insects have received their ‘spider’ name from their webbing capabilities. The reason why watering plants or crops are an effective remedy of getting rid a spider mite population is because dry and hot conditions are favorable conditions for the dominance and multiplication of these deadly insects.

20 eggs each day

Research actually unveils that under a spider mite’s optimal condition which is roughly 25 degrees C a spider mite can in-fact hatch in a time span as short as 3 days. Additional information here is that a spider mite can actually grow and get sexually mature within a span of 5 days. A single female spider mite can lay up to 20 eggs each day and has a life span of 2 to 4 weeks in which a spider mite can lay hundreds of eggs.

What you can pick up from the foregoing statistics is that a single spider mite can build up and accumulate a formidable population of millions of spider mites in a month or in just three weeks. This fact poses stern challenges for scientists who are trying to come up with optimally effective methods of dealing with the problem of spider mites given the nature of a spider mite. The fact here is that the highly paced reproduction rate enables the spider mite population to adapt phenomenally fast and get to resist pesticides.

Getting rid of these deadly pests 

If a spider mite population invades a particular area for a prolonged stretch of time, the spider mites can develop some form of resistance. This will render the chemical pest control methods such as pesticides ineffectual. In such a case, the farmer or gardener will have to shift methods and try other more effective methods of getting rid of these deadly pests. Other effective methods include isolating infected plants in scenarios where it is not necessarily the entire crop population that has been affected by the deadly spider mites. Watering the plants continuously may also be a very effective method of controlling these ravaging pests. You can also try other methods such as applying the neem oil on the plants.

We hope you enjoyed reading about the spider mite insect and learning ways to control an infestation by spider mites.