What is the red spider? How to eliminate this pest from your plants

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Author: Adrián Medina Alarcón

The red spider is one of the most common pests among plants in any garden or terrace.

But are you clear?

What exactly is this plague and why does it appear?

  • How detect and remove red spider mite from your garden.
  • If the answer is no, keep reading, because here we are going to explain all this to you.

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[How to eliminate the spider mite] Signs that this pest is attacking your plants

To prevent the appearance of the spider mite (or eliminate it if it has already appeared in your garden), we must first know it thoroughly.

What is the spider mite exactly?

Be careful because its name is misleading. 

The red spider is actually a type of mite, barely half a centimeter long.

Its name comes from the characteristic red color that it adopts during the autumn (in summer it can turn green). 

This mite proliferates better in warm climates. They usually begin to breed in spring, when temperatures rise, and are most active in summer. In areas with mild winters it can reproduce throughout the year.

How do I know if it is attacking my plants?

The red spider mite feeds on the sap of the plant.

For this reason, one of the first symptoms of this plague is that yellow and brown spots appear on the leaves. Over time, the leaves dry up and fall off.

The good news is that the signs of this mite are very easy to spot. The spider mite weaves a fine web around the leaves (hence it is known as a “spider”). If you see a slight fluff appearing on your plants and showing signs of being sick, it is very likely that they are suffering a visit from this unwanted bug.

How to eliminate the red spider of a plant?

As always, it is best to prevent this mite from affecting our plants. For this, the most important thing is:

  • Be careful with watering: both excess and lack of water can weaken the plant and leave it more vulnerable to the attack of the red spider.
  • Avoid excess nitrogen in the fertilizer: because this can also make the plants more attractive to this mite (among many other problems).

But if it is too late and the spider mite has already appeared on your plants, it is important that you know how to eliminate it.

Let's see how.

1. Potassium

soap Potassium soap is a product that weakens mites such as the red spider. What it does is dissolve their exoskeleton to weaken them, so they end up dying.

The most interesting thing about this product is that:

  • It does not harm other beneficial insects for the garden, such as ladybugs (very useful to combat aphids) or bees.
  • It is safe for the plant.
  • It also does not harm animals or humans, so you do not have to worry if you have children or pets.

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2. Garlic Solution

A very interesting natural remedy.

You just have to chop garlic and let it soak for at least 5 days, so that the chemicals in the garlic seep into the water. Then put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on the plants that are being attacked by the spider.

3. Acaricide

The safest way to eradicate a red spider infestation is with a specific phytosanitary product for mites.

These types of products not only eliminate spider mites, but also destroy the eggs to prevent them from reappearing.

The best way to prevent pests in your pests is to keep them healthy

. We hope you have found this article interesting and have helped you protect your plants from this dangerous mite.

But as we always say, the best way to prevent any plant from wreaking havoc in your garden is for your plants to be strong and capable of withstanding them.

With that we can help you.

If you need any advice to take care of your garden, get in touch with us.

We will gladly help you.