Preventing Spider Mite Spreading - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, NH
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Question by seabreeze33
August 3, 1999
It all started about 2 weeks ago. I found one plant with Spider Mites, and combatted them and got rid of them with success. Then, a few days later, another plant got them. I sprayed it. No more Spider Mites. Then, A few days later, another plant had them. I am still treating it-- I haven't noticed anymore but I am keeping it isolated until I'm sure- It's a draecena so I was able to was the leaves. And today, I noticed my begonia had Spider Mites. I just sprayed it today. I'm having good results, but one plant after the other keeps getting them. And I'm getting them at an early stage. How can I stop them once and for all?

Answer from NGA
August 3, 1999
Insect and disease problems can spread from one plant to another if your plants are grouped together. This is often the case because gardeners collect plants and usually put them close to others in the home that are already doing well. Then, as you walk among the plants to water, you can help transport pest problems if you touch or brush against the plants. One solution is to mist your plants occasionally. Spider mites are generally more of a problem under dry conditions. You might also ungroup your plants, at least to the degree that the leaves are not touching. Hope this helps!

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