Solving one problem can actually cause other problems. This is the case with spider mites. The spider mites natural predators are lady beetles, pirate bugs , thrips and other predator bugs. When you use insecticides to kill those bugs, it causes a spider mite infestation because there are no predator bugs to control the spider mite population. An easily solution is to use Floramite. Floramite is an insecticide that kills spider mites as well as other types of mites.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- One-gallon spray tank
Pour 1 qt. of water into a one-gallon spray tank. Floramite solution mixes more consistently when water is added first.
Pour one tspn. of Floramite into the water into the spray tank. Pour one quart of water into the spray tank.
Shake the water tank until the Floramite is fully dissolved.
Spray affected areas with the Floramite solution. Spray directly on the plants and underneath the plants leaves. Spider mites chew holes in leaves of plants. If you see a plant with several small circle holes on their leaves or base, spray the area to kill the spider mites.
Let the solution dry for two hours. Wait a few days. Check the areas to see if there are new visible holes in leaves or bases. If there are additional holes, repeat Steps 1 to 4 until all visible holes disappear.
Tips and warnings
- Do not handle the Floramite with wet hands or wet gloves. Wear protective gloves, goggles, clothing and mask when using Floramite. Wear socks with shoes to prevent mites or the Floramite from contacting your feet.
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