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Do Not Ignore These Early Signs of Spider Mites

Do Not Ignore These Early Signs of Spider Mites

During the summer season, pesky, plant-eating pests known as spider mites thrive and make themselves home in our plants.

Recognizing the early signs of spider mites before they get out of hand remains to be the best way to protect your plants. Once you are able to identify them, you can treat them and take precautionary measures to avoid future issues.

Spider mites look like small spiders that come in an assortment of patterns and colors (yellow, red, green or brown). They are among the most destructive of all plant pests and thrive during hot, dry conditions.

Spider mites are extremely tiny – about one millimeter. Because of this, they can easily go to our lawns undetected. They may be blown by the wind or sneak into a plant you purchased from your local nursery or garden center.

Most spider mites aren’t picky eaters and feed on a range of pants, making them spread fast.  

Early signs of spider mites

The damage caused by spider mites usually appears on the top of leaves. Here are the early signs of an infestation.

  • Small yellow or white spots on the needles or top of the tree leaves
  • A bronze or yellow appearance in single or multiple areas of a tree
  • Silky webs present around tree stems and leaves

If you think that you might have a spider mite infestation, put a sheet of paper underneath a tree branch and shake it lightly. If you see small speckles on the paper, you have a spider mite problem.

Getting rid of spider mites

Early identification will help prevent an all-out infestation. Here are some measures you can take to eradicate spider mites.

  • Spray the infected areas with water to dislodge as many pests as possible. Do not forget to target the underside of the leaves.
  • Spraying neem oil will help smother spider mites, and is typically done after applying or spraying insecticidal soap.
  • As a precautionary measure, you can use dormant oil during the winter or spring to remove eggs that may have settled into your plants.

Spider mites attack in hot and humid climates because they love feeding on stressed out plants. Be sure to apply adequate mulch and keep your plants hydrated throughout the season.

If your plants are showing signs of distress or infestation, do not delay. Contact your local Dallas landscaping company for a thorough inspection.