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Red Spider Mites

red spider mites

Summer sees a proliferation of red spider mites on a host of different crops and ornamentals in the garden. They breed and spread rapidly, are difficult to detect, and require perseverance and persistence to control them once they have established themselves. Look out for telltale signs of infestation – discolouration of the upper leaf surface, lack of new growth, and plants looking dull and lacklustre.

An easy way to test for red spider and other mites is to place a sheet of plain white paper on a clipboard. Hold this in place below the foliage of a plant and shake the leaves vigorously. Tiny specks of dust and other debris appear on the paper. Study these carefully with the naked eye, or better still, with a magnifying glass. If you can see the tiny specks walking around then the plant is infested with mites. They need to be controlled as they suck the sap from the leaves, causing plants to lose condition rapidly.
 
Spray the underside of the leaves with a suitable miticide. More than a single application is usually needed to control the pests.

red spider mites

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Controlling Red Spider Mite on Roses
Chemical
Efekto Rosecare 3
Efekto Redspidercide
Efekto Kumulus WG
Efekto Eco Fungimite
Kirchhoff’s Ludwig’s Spider Mite                                
Makhro Agro Rose Protector
Makhro Agro Seizer 100ec
Makhro Agro seizer 80sc
Protek Milbeknock
Protek Samba
Kombat Malathion
Organic
Makhro Agro organicide plus
 
Controlling Red Spider Mite on Veggies
Chemical
Efekto Kumulus WG
Efekto Eco Fungimite
Kirchhoff’s Ludwig’s Insect Spray+
Makhro Agro Seizer 100ec
Protek Milbeknock
Protek Samba
Kombat Malathion
Organic
Kirchhoff’s Margaret Roberts Organic Insecticide
Makhro Agro Organicide Plus
 
Controlling Red Spider Mite on Ornamentals
Chemical
Efekto Rosecare 3
Efekto Redspidercide
Efekto Kumulus WG
Efekto Oleum
Makhro Agro Rose Protector
Makhro Agro Seizer 100ec
Protek Milbeknock
Protek Samba
Kombat Malathion
Kombat Milbeknock
Organic
Efekto Eco Fungimite
Kirchhoff’s Ludwig’s Insect Spray+
Kirchhoff’s Margaret Roberts Organic Insecticide
Makhro Agro Organicide
Makhro Agro SK Eco Oil Spray