How to Get Rid of Spider Mites Using Natural Home Remedies
Spider mites are tiny insects that can become an absolute disaster for your garden if they aren’t dealt with quickly. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of spider mites using natural home remedies.
1. Prune and Discard the Infested Leaves
It’s not an easy decision, especially for the houseplants you have dedicated so much time caring for, but it may be necessary to prune parts of the plant that are beyond saving. Make sure the pruned leaves are discarded immediately to prevent the spider mites from spreading. In some cases, it may be necessary to discard the whole plant.
2. Submerge the Plant in Water
This technique could be possible for small to medium-sized container plants. Carefully take out the plant from the container pot and submerge the plant in a bucket of water while doing a gentle swishing action for about 30 seconds. Make sure you don’t hold onto the plant too firmly or else you may end up crushing the stems. For larger and heavier plants, you may want to try blasting the infested parts with water from a garden hose to knock the mites out.
3. Use Neem Oil as a Natural Insecticide
Neem oil is a type of vegetable oil that can provide an excellent line of defense against spider mites. We suggest mixing the neem oil with some water then to spray the solution generously onto the infested leaves of the plant. Don’t forget to spray the underside of the foliage as well. The neem oil won’t kill the spider mites on contact. You need to give the spider mite some time to ingest the neem oil in order for this remedy to work successfully.
In addition to spider mites, the above methods may also work well for removing pests like aphids and mealybugs. The sooner you act, the better the results!