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How to get rid of spider mites

Need to get rid of those pesky spider mites on your houseplants? No problem! Just try one of these nifty tricks:

1. Hose 'em down! Give those mites a good wash with a gentle stream of water, or mix things up with a soapy solution. Just be sure to rinse your plant thoroughly afterwards so it doesn't smell like a bubble bath.


2. Bring in the big guns! Predator mites can be your secret weapon against spider mites. Phytoseiulus persimilis and Amblyseius californicus are both excellent choices.


3. Chemical warfare! If the infestation is out of control, you may need to resort to some chemical weapons. There are plenty of products on the market specifically designed to kill spider mites on houseplants. Just be sure to follow the instructions and use them in a well-ventilated area.


4. Quarantine time! If you have more than one plant, isolate the affected one to prevent the mites from spreading.


5. DIY spray time! Whip up a homemade spray by mixing equal parts water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spritz the leaves of the affected plant, and watch as the alcohol takes care of those mites. Just be sure to test a small area first to make sure it doesn't damage your plant.


6. Keep it healthy! Finally, the best defense against mites and other pests is a healthy plant. Make sure your plants are getting enough light, water, and nutrients, and don't overcrowd them. A healthy plant is much more resistant to mites and other pests."



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