Spider Mites - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by courtneypew
July 14, 2010
What do spider mites look like? If you cannot see them, how do you know that it is spider mites that are messing up your garden?

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2010
Spidermites are really tiny but when they populate a shrub or perennial plant their feeding can cause stippling of the leaves and you can usually see tiny webs where the leaves meet the stems. You might be able to spot them if you take a piece of white paper, hold it near the center of the shrub or perennial and sharply tap the top of the branch. Some debris will fall onto the white paper. If the debris moves, it's probably spider mites. They look like little flecks of pepper - except that they move. Spidermites like dry, dusty places so they typically hang out in the centers of shrubs. Their feeding and their webs are the most positive signs of their presence. You can usually discourage them by periodically hosing off your plants, directing the spray of water towards the center of the plant and on the undersides of the leaves. Hope this answers your question.

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