Spider Mite Treatment

What about the best treatment alternatives for prevention and eradication of spider mites. This article gives some key points about spider mite treatment.

Now and then Farmers have to deal with spider mites 

Needless to mention many farmers, especially those who conduct farming activates in typically dry and hot weather conditions, have to deal with spider mites from time to time. This can be a perennial ordeal to any farming endeavors especially if lasting methods have not been applied to curb the spread and effect of spider mites. If you are to deal effectively with spider mites and get rid of them it will be important that your first steps entail an understanding of the nature and some key characteristics of spider mites.

Key characteristics of spider mites

Getting a brief understanding on the nature and some of the key characteristics of spider mites will empower you to be better positioned to identify the presence of these deadly pests and the sooner you can identify these the better, what you need to keep in mind is that the pests can spread in a shockingly fast turn around and ravage the entire crop population in a space of hours or a couple of days. One of the key areas in understanding the nature of spider webs is being able to pick up the signs of the possible presence of the spider mites.

Invaded by Spider Mites

If you notice small and brown dots on the plant or crop leaves then this may be a sign that your crops have been invaded by spider mites. If you are not sure of the sign you then have to take a closer look and look for more indicators that will confirm your suspicion. If you take a closer look and get to see some strands of silk or webbing on the pants then your crops have just been invaded by spider mites. The best spots to look for these indications are the bottom sides of the plants or crops. Spider mites live in secluded or hidden spots and thus they occupy the under sides of the plant leaves.

Complex webs

It is on the bottom sides of the leaves that spider mites get to form more complex webs in which they live and lay eggs for the purposes of reproduction and multiplication. What you may also need to understand here is that a spider mite eggs take about 3-5 days to hatch and a newly born mite needs about a week to get sexually mature. This translates to the reality that the reproduction and multiplication turn around of spider mites is really fast and rapid adding to the woes of the farmer.

Rapid reproduction

The rapidity of the reproduction and the spread of the spider mites are largely dependent on the weather conditions. Spiders thrive in hot and dry weather conditions and this means that if your farm is located in typically dry and hot weather domains the rate at which the spider mites spread will be comparatively faster and rapid. In order to curb the spread and affect of the spider mites you can go for natural methods such as isolating infected plants, using beneficial pests to get rid of the spider mites. You can also consider pest control measures such as applying pesticides. The choice is all yours although natural methods have an edge over pesticides since pesticides can lead to spider mites becoming more chemical resistant and hard to deal with.

We hope you enjoyed this article about spider mites, and that you learned some ideas about how to treat a spider mite infestation.