Have you ever gone into your garden and looked down tenderly at the lush green foliage? The plants that you've cared for so lovingly, swaying gently in the breeze? You bend down to get rid of a stray dry leaf from the plant and that's when you notice that all does not seem right.
Once the spider mites are thrown down, it is impossible for them to climb up again. This might have to be done for a few days so that the entire brood is completely destroyed.
Try keeping the moisture levels high by keeping a water plate under the potted plants. In case they are garden plants then water them 2-3 times a day. So also, one can keep a bed of dry leaves at their roots and water them. The water will collect in the dry leaves and percolate drop by drop over the entire day.
Avoid Afternoon Sunlight
The afternoon sun is extremely harsh and brutal. The plants tend to lose all their moisture in this kind of severe setting. It is therefore advised to keep the plants away from these harsh conditions.
Apply neem oil on the leaves. This will kill the spider mites but not harm any of the beneficial insects, like the ladybirds, for instance. Neem oil is biodegradable and acts as a fertilizer.
Take a liquid soap (1 tablespoon) and mix it with a liter of water. Then use this liquid to spray on the infected plants. Alternately, castile soap can also be used for the same.
Now that you know what are the different ways of getting rid of spider mites, you will no longer be infested by them. Use any of these techniques and we're sure the adieu won't be a tearful one.