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You might be wondering how to get rid of spider mites on indoor plants, how to prevent spider mite outbreaks, or how to get rid of spider mites naturally. A spider mite outbreak on your houseplants can wreak havoc on your entire collection, getting rid of spider mites on plants should be your priority if they ever show up uninvited. So here is how to identify scale spider mites on houseplants and how to kill spider mites naturally.

Host of the Growing Joy with Plants Podcast, Maria Failla, recently interviewed renowned horticulturist Leslie Halleck about how to identify and kill spider mites on her podcast titled “How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats, Scale, Whiteflies, Mealybugs and More”. Here are the details from this interview.

Prepare yourself for any type of pest outbreak and listen to the full interview here:


How to identify spider mites

These tiny arachnids look like moving dots to the naked eye. Left unchecked, they form colonies and lay webbing on plants, sucking nutrients via needle-like mouths. They thrive in hot, dry environments.

Signs to look for with a spider mite infestation: Webbing on stems, yellow stippling on leaves

Getting rid of them:

  • Mist plants often (moisture deters spider mites)
  • Apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil, be sure it’s labeled for mites
  • Reapply the insecticidal soap or horticultural oil every 7-10 days  until all the mites are gone


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