Lemon/lime Trees With Spidermites - Knowledgebase Question

Casper, WY
Question by Bradjohnso
January 27, 2000
I have 2 trees, 1 lemon and 1 lime. Both trees are drarf ornamental trees and stay indoors during the winter and out doors in the summer. I've had these trees for about 6 years. I noticed that both trees have spidermites that are sucking the life out of my trees. What would be the best way to control these pests?

Answer from NGA
January 27, 2000


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. When you bring your trees indoors after their summer outing, be sure to give them a shower with tepid water to rinse away hitchhiking spider mites and their eggs.

To control the infestation, give your trees 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 trees to a shower to remove dust and discourage spider mite insects.

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