Il red spideralso known by the scientific name of Tetranychus urticaeit’s a mite pest of vegetables, ornamental plants and vegetables in general. Definitely widespread in vegetable gardens and greenhouses, it can also be found on dishes purchased for use in the kitchen, or more simply on the walls of their balconies.
What are red spider mites?
Spider mites are not actual spiders, but they are mites. They have a size of about two millimeters and a bright red color.
Spider mites are basically harmless for people, animals and plants: they are in some ways also “useful”, since they feed on the residues of bird droppings and insect larvae, which are harmful to plants. Be careful, however, to crush them: their red color stains clothes, furniture and walls.
How long do red spider mites last?
Red spider mites are normally present in the months of May and June.
How to get rid of spider mites naturally
There are numerous natural remedies that allow you to easily eliminate the spider mite.
The spider mite loves arid and dry climate, where it reproduces relentlessly. Preventing vegetables and plants from drying up too much, whether in the garden or in pots, is one of the primary strategies for getting rid of the presence of red spider mites.
In particular, it is not enough to irrigate the soil with normal reed systems, but also the leaves and the seedlings must be sprayed wet, so that their surface is moist. In gardens you can use automated jet irrigation tools, for potted flowers just recycle one of those sprayers available with the bottles of surface cleaners.
Particular attention must be paid to tomatoesbeans, croissants and lettuce, the favorite dishes of the red spider.
There are natural smells and essences that are unwelcome to the red spider, real repellents with unbeatable effectiveness. The first is the rosemary: just plant a few twigs next to the affected plantations, or in a flowerpot, to keep it away.
You can also opt foressential oil of rosemary: dissolve a few drops of the same in a container containing water and spray the liquid obtained directly on leaves and plants.
Spider mites do not like humid environments. Because of this, an additional natural remedy against these mites is constituted by expanded clay.
Insert balls of expanded clay into the bottom of the pots, then fill them with soil. This operation is generally useful in plant cultivation: expanded clay, in fact, helps to maintain a correct temperature of the soil and to regulate water drainage.
Another solution is thegarlic, powerful antibacterial and natural insecticide, also useful in the fight against plant aphids. Just take a few cloves and keep them in boiling water for about a quarter of an hour. Once cooled, spray the liquid obtained on the plants and leaves.
One of the natural remedies for spider mites is Marseille soapan excellent ally in general in the fight against plant and garden parasites.
Just dissolve a small amount in water and spray it directly on plants and leaves.
Also onion can be used to eliminate red spider mites. Chop an onion, including the peel, and immerse it in a liter of water, bringing everything to a boil for about a quarter of an hour.
Once cooled, filter the liquid and spray it directly on the plants.
In the end, you can also use a mix of vegetable oil and dish soap. Just dissolve the two ingredients in the water, shake the mixture and spray it on walls, floors or even directly on plants.
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