Treating Spider Mites on Roses

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Nothing is more upsetting to a gardener than pouring endless hours of love and care into plants only to see them destroyed by spider mites. Those who love the roses are but one example. This beautiful plant has come to symbolize love and romance, long-lasting friendships, and all that is good in our lives. What a shame it is to see our roses come under attack from those tiny little pests.

Fortunately, while spider mites may be prolific and damaging, they are not invincible. With the right combination of treatments and some tender loving care, it is possible to eradicate an infestation without damaging your plans. The key however, is care. Roses are delicate plants that need to be treated properly if they are to retain their natural beauty.

Start with Watering

Spider mites love dry, warm conditions for several reasons. First of all, they have a hard time holding onto plant leaves and stems when they are wet. Secondly, and more importantly, is the fact that dry plant leaves are extremely nutritious for spider mites. In order to get the maximum benefit from their diets they will stay away from wet plants and search for the dry ones. Based on these two principles it should be clear why watering your roses is essential at the first signs of spider mite infestation.

When you water your plants, be sure to spray them gently with a bottle, using a fine mist. Gently lift up the leaps and spray underneath, as well as spraying the stems all the way to the soil. It would be helpful for you to use plenty of mulch in order to keep the soil damp at all times. Spider mites hate this – your roses will love it.

Organic Miticides

Since watering will not kill spider mites, you’ll need to get a miticide in order to finish the job. You can choose between chemical miticides (also known as pesticides or insecticides) or you can choose an organic substance. We suggest you go organic because it is effective without being harmful. Chemical miticides pose a risk to children, pets, and the surrounding environment; they also kill the spider mite’s natural predators which only increases the possibility of future infestations.

On the other hand, organic miticides kill spider mites on contact, kill hatchlings still in the eggs, and act as a deterrent to keep spider mites away in the future. Organic treatments are a proven and effective method for dealing with these pests.

Regardless of which type of miticide you choose, be sure to follow the directions exactly as written. Be careful when you spray so as not to over saturate. Also be sure to lift the leaves gently, just as you did during the watering process, so that your miticide can reach all areas. Finally, just as a warning, you probably won’t be able to use a chemical pesticide during the flowering period (an organic miticide won’t be a problem, though).

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