The Q&A Archives: Spider Mites

Question: How do I get rid of spider mites on house plants?

Answer: Spider mites seem to thrive when conditions are dry and dusty and are a real problem in outdoor plants during the latter part of the summer. Indoors, the conditions might be just dry enough to promote a population surge.

To control the infestation, give your plants a shower in the bathtub, carefully rinsing all plant parts, especially the undersides of the leaves. Wait a few weeks and shower them again. Eventually you'll rinse the insects and their eggs down the drain. Then, throughout the winter months, periodically treat your plants to a shower to remove dust and discourage spider mite insects.

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