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The two-spotted spider mite, known as Tetranychus urticae, is a type of arachnid related to insects. Other arachnids include spiders and ticks. All arachnids have two essential body parts and eight legs, including mites.
Twospotted spider mite attacks 100's plants in gardens and landscapes, including:
Twospotted spider mite infestations are mainly common during warm, dry summer conditions.
The Webbing on a plant is because by spider mites feeding harm.
The Predatory mites can work against spider mites' spread.
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Red spider mites thrive on plants under stress. Retain plants well-watered to reduce the chances of a spider mite attack.
Use a high-pressure water spray to dislodge two-spotted spider mites. Removing them can also wash away their protective Webbing.
Certain lady beetles (e.g., Stethorus sp.) and predatory mites (e.g., Phytoseiulus persimilis) naturally control two-spotted spider mite populations.
If the two-spotted spider mite population is high, natural enemies are less effective at controlling them.
Using long-lasting pesticides like bifenthrin and permethrin kills natural enemies and should be avoided to encourage natural enemies.
Few pesticides are available in home gardens and landscapes that are effective against Tetranychus urticae.
The Insecticidal soaps are made from potassium salts of fatty acids (don't make a DIY soap solution as this can burn and damage plants).
The Horticultural oils are made from either petroleum oils, vegetable oils (like cottonseed oil), or neem seed oil.
Soaps and horticultural oils are reasonably great against mites and have little effect on people, animals, and non-target bugs.
These materials will only kill mites that the pesticide directly contacts and do not have any enduring activity.
Long-lasting pesticides can be used on two-spotted spider infections, such as bifenthrin and permethrin. However, these insecticides also eliminate natural enemies and could worsen the disease afterward.
Twospotted spider mite infection occurs when the weather is hot and dull.
If two-spotted spider mites continue to be a problem after attempted control efforts and the plants are valued, consider hiring a landscape professional to treat them. Landscape professionals have the training, experience, and broader array of pesticide products to effectively deal with spider mite infestations.