One of the most common pests you will ever find on a cannabis plant, Spider mites can be detrimental to your weed’s growth and development. Despite this small size, these garden pests are difficult to get rid of!
Spider mites have many ways that they could harm your marijuana plants including sucking out fluids with their piercing mouthparts as well as injecting toxins into leaves which damages water-conducting cells in the tissue. This makes it extremely important to take care of spider mites as soon as there are any signs to help ensure your grow is healthy!
There’s only one surefire way to keep spider mites at bay, killing them! That being said, you need to be sure you’re killing the spider mites without harming your plants. Below we’ll cover more about spider mites, how to kill them, and how to keep your cannabis plants healthy!
What Even Are Spider Mites?
Spider mites are tricky pests that can wreak havoc on your marijuana plants. Spider mites, which are a part of the spider and tick family, pose as one of the most common household bugs in gardens across America today.
When you notice your plants are struggling it is easy to assume that low soil nutrient levels or low water content may be what’s killing off our green guys’ energy; but there could always be an outside force at work–namely these nasty little insects!
These pests feed off the nutrients of plants, and actively sap your plant’s energy. Spider mites can become a big issue quickly because they can reproduce up to 100 times within their 30-day lifespan.
It can be quite difficult to identify spider mites with your naked eye because they are so tiny.
Signs Of A Spider Mite Infestation:
We have already established that a spider mite infestation can be deadly, therefore, being proactive and monitoring your plant carefully to identify the problem in the early stages is crucial. The key is to observe your plant carefully, and most importantly, observe the leaves. You can also use a magnifying glass to help you see them. Spider mites usually stay on the undersides of the leaves. They can be difficult to see with the naked eye, but their impact is visible in the form of white or yellow specks. These specks are caused by the bites of these mites. In case of a bad infestation, you will see that discoloration has spread to the whole leaf.
Besides these specks, you may also find sticky silk webs on the plant – especially on the leaves and buds. Dirt and dust get stuck in these webs and make the foliage look dirty. These webs are relatively easy to see and signal that treatment should be started right away.
Quick Tips To Identify Spider Mites:
- Plants Aren’t Growing At A Regular Timeline
- Leaves Are Turning Yellow or Canoeing
- Leaves Have Colored Spots
- White Specks or Dust On Leaves
- Small Networks of Webs
Do Spider Mites Live In The Soil Of A Plant?:
Spider mites live in the soil and on top of plant canopies. If you see small specks around your plants appearing as if they’re moving it is likely that you have spider mites. Some of the most common places for them to live include in or on top of the soil, on leaves above ground, in and around the pots or planters, as well as in or around the flowers of your grow.
How To Prevent Spider Mites On Your Cannabis Grow:
The ultimate goal should be to prevent spider mites bebfore you get them because it’s easier to prevent than it is to get rid of them.
Here are some basic steps to prevent spider mites when growing weed:
- Ensure that your grow follows the proper temperature and humidty for your strain. Having too high of humidity makes your grow prone to spider mites and other issues such as mold.
- Inspect your grow daily and look for signs of spider mites. If you identify them early on, it will allow you to deal with them quicker and easier.
- Keep your grow seperated from other plants which could transfer spider mites to your cannabis grow.
How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites:
If you noticed you have spider mites, then have no fear, you still can work to get rid of them before they do any damage to your grow. That being said, the quicker you notice them and get rid of them, the more it reduces the chances of any damage to the plants.
You can either choose to get rid of them naturally or use a spider mite poison which is usally more effective, but can be slightly more harmful to your plants.
Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Spider Mites:
- Use a handheld vacuum to vacuum off spider mites from your plants. Use it on a gentle setting so you don’t hurt the plant, but you remove the spider mites.
- Prune infected leaves: If you’re noticing discolored or spots on the leaves, you should prune the leaves off to prevent the spread of the infection.
- Introduce ladybugs to your grow! Ladybugs eat spider mites and are a friend to your plants!
Final Thoughts On Spider Mites:
Spider mites can be a scary situation for your grow to be facing. If left untreated these nasty insects will destroy your entire grow and suck the life straight out of your plants.
But by identifying spider mites quickly, then you reduce the potential damage to your grow!