Spider mites are a nightmare to most gardens; they are very difficult to treat because they require using powerful chemicals and are also devastating to most plants and to the goodwill of many gardeners!
They are a member of the Acari family, mites, and cause damages to plants by puncturing their cells in order to feed.
Spider mites are also known to feed on several hundred species of plants, this means that once they infest one of your plants, in your garden, it’s only a matter of time before they propagate to the whole garden and destroy all your other plants!
As mentioned before, there are many ways to get rid of spider mites, but these can be overwhelming on your plants and can even cause side effects that are undesired, such as getting rid of ladybugs and other very important insects that are cleaning your garden organically and without using chemicals, this is going to create a vicious circle which is going to require more pesticides in order to get rid of more insects in your garden!
One of the best things you can do in order to get rid of spider mites is to use neem oil, yes, I do recommend using this amazing oil for getting rid of most of the insects and parasites in your garden, including fungal diseases, however, when it comes to spider mites, I can assure you that neem oil is probably one of the most powerful organic treatments you can use.
How does neem oil get rid of spider mites?
Simply because neem oil contains a very powerful chemical compound called Azadirachtin, when you apply this amazing oil onto the leaves of your plants, spider mites are going to try to suck the juices inside your plants’ cells; this means that they are going to ingest a little Azadirachtin!
Research done on Azadirachtin found it to be an extremely powerful feeding inhibitor and affects more than 200 species of insects, it acts also as a growth disruptor and possesses high toxicity towards a great number of insects.
How to use neem oil for spider mites correctly?
There are two ways to using neem oil for getting rid of spider mites, the first one consists of using neem concentrate, which is a far more efficient and superior way as most neem oil concentrates sold nowadays contain also some very powerful organic chemicals that will eradicate most mites and insects and other fungal diseases in your garden quite easily, if you don’t want to use concentrates, you can always make your own neem oil insecticide at home, just mix a quarter of a liter of pure organic neem oil with four liters of water and two tablespoons of ground soap, don’t forget to apply using a garden sprayer.
You should also use neem oil as a preventive measure, meaning that you need to spray it at least once a week.