I’m a gardening expert – three steps to get rid of spider mites destroying your houseplants | The Sun

IF you've been neglecting your houseplants and have noticed tiny webs all of them, then you probably have spider mites.

Luckily, a gardening expert has revealed how to banish them and stop them from destroying your plants.

Andrew Gaumond, horticulturist and editorial director at Petal Republic shared what spider mites are.

He told the Express: “Spider mites are microscopic arachnids that suck the contents of plant tissues."

Their tiny webs are one indicator you have a problem as are yellow or brown spots on leaves.

And the little arachnids can destroy your houseplants, but there are three easy steps to banish them and save your beloved plants.


I’m a gardening pro & there are four things you should do before October

The hacks to keep your cut flowers last longer & the ones that will kill them

First, give your plants a wipe-down with a cloth to wipe away as many of the bugs and webs as you can.

Gardening expert Erin Marino, editorial director at The Sill, adds you can also hose them down in the sink or tub.

He added: "This will clear the way for the insecticide to work. Spider mite nests actually repel the pesticides and protect the eggs and insufficient wiping may result in re-infestation.”

Next, you should spray the plant with Neem oil or insecticidal soap for spider mites.

Most read in Fabulous


Bride is criticized for her see-through wedding gown


I’m a hairstylist and there’s a way to tell if you should have long or short hair


Mum shares genius way she dries washing without a tumble dryer or annoying racks


I'm a money-saving guru – three things you should never buy at Christmas

You can make your own at home by mixing dish soap with water and spraying the affected plant.

This will suffocate the spider mites and stop re-infestation, explains the gardening expert.

Finally, you should repeat the process every few days for two weeks, for a total of three to four spraying sessions.

Read More on The Sun

Escape to the Chateau’s Dick and Angel confirm show has been AXED

Phil Vickery caught kissing ex Fern Britton’s best pal after marriage split

Erin explained: “If done correctly, they will be gone in no time. Make sure to quarantine any plants infested with spider mites away from others to reduce transmission.”

The experts add you may want to cut off any affected leaves to ensure the damage doesn't spread.

Gardening tips and hacks

How to transform your garden on a cheap budget

How to preserve your favourite flowers at home – 5 easy tips explained

Which plants should I be wary about my dog being around?

When is the best time to prune roses?

When should I start planting daffodil bulbs?

How high can a garden fence be and can it be taller than my neighbours?

What colour fence paint makes a garden look bigger?

Will my garden plants still grow if my backyard doesn't receive any sun?

Source: Read Full Article