The Q&A Archives: Controlling Mites

Question: I think I have mites, my Coral Bells are being eaten mid stem along with my lavender shoots. I finally believe I found the culprit - teeny tiny little mound of a thing (green or reddish) and when I looked up mites they said they are resistant to insecticides and to spray them off with a hard jet of water. Is there an insecticide that will kill them?

Answer: Mites leave behind some tell-tale webbing, so look closely at the undersides of the leaves and where the leaves join the stems to see if you find webbing. Also, mites are sucking pests that leave a silvery-looking stippling on the upper sides of the leaves they attack. They don't generally feed mid-stem. But, if your plants do have mites, you can try to suffocate them with a slurry of buttermilk and flour, sprayed on the plants and left to dry. Wash the residue off the next morning and the dead mites will be washed off as well. Hope this helps you solve your problem!

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