Ivy Parasite - Knowledgebase Question

Muskegon, MI
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Question by dem845
February 7, 2001
Inside ivy, have had for 8 years, never a problem, suddenly, a web with small parasites have invaded my beautiful plant, what do I do, its dying before my eyes.
Please help

Answer from NGA
February 7, 2001
Webbing is generally associated with spider mite pests. 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 plant a shower with plain water, carefully rinsing all plant parts, especially the undersides of the leaves. Wait a few days and shower it again. Eventually you'll rinse the insects and their eggs down the drain. Then, throughout the winter months, periodically treat your plant to a shower to remove dust and discourage spider mite insects.

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