Spidermites

Spidermites- Austin, TX

Members of the Acari family Tetranychidae, Spider Mites generally live on the undersides of plants and leaves, where they spin their silk webs which can cause damage to the plant by puncturing the plant seeds. Spider Mites feed on several species of plants. Hot, dry conditions are often associated with population build-up of spider mites in the Austin area. There are a variety of types. Their colors range from red to brown, and yellow and green. . The most common being the two-spotted spider mite and red spider mite.

 

Spider mite larvae become mature adults in just 1-2 weeks, and begin to build colonies on the underside of leaves. Their populations can multiply rapidly in warmer climates in the Austin area, becoming most prevalent in the summer when conditions are hot and dry. Spider mites can be found on any type of plant, including trees, shrubs, and annuals. Others include:

 

  • Roses
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Impatiens



It’s important to identify spider mites quickly before they spread. Organic methods are the safest way to get rid of spider mites for people, pets, and plants. Here are a few steps to take to help prevent spider mites in your Austin home. 

 

Look before you buy: inspect both indoor and outdoor plants before you buy to make sure they aren’t infested. 

 

Keep your area clean: Be sure to clear out garden areas of weeds and debris where pests can easily hide. 

 

Increase moisture levels: Spider mites thrive in dry conditions, it’s important to keep air humidity levels higher around the plants.

 

Use high quality soil: Use a high quality sterile potting soil to avoid any soil borne pests. 



The experts at Magic Pest and Lawn, can help you identify Spider Mites and come up with a plan to get rid of them. Our experts know exactly what method to use to rid of these pests.