How do You Get Rid of Spider Mites on a Bird of Paradise?
Tetranychidae, more commonly known as spider mites, are a common houseplant pest. They are, in fact, not insects but more closely related to spiders. They are very small, at only 0.4mm (1/50 inch) big. They create a fine webbing across the leaves.
- Tiny puncture marks in leaves. These are invisible to the naked eye but cause damage to your plants’ foliage
- Curling or discolored leaves
- Fine webbing on leaves or between leaves
- A gray or dull appearance that worsens with time
- Scorched or drooping leaves
How to control the spread of spider mites
Regularly hose down your plant
Rain has the ability to fling spider mites off plants. To mimic this, wash your Bird of paradise down using a hosepipe with a steady stream of water.
If you have a spider mite issue, one option is to use other predators. Ladybugs, lacewings and other mites prey on spider mites. This is a great natural, eco-friendly way to keep those pesky spider mites at bay.
Insecticidal, horticultural and dormant oils
Insecticidal soaps should be used during the warm summer months. It’s important to thoroughly coat the plant in soap during treatment, as the soap is only effective at killing the mites upon contact.
Horticultural oils can be used to keep populations of spider mites at bay. These are best used during the warm summer months. Avoid spraying this on your plants’ blooms as it may injure them.
Dormant oils are the same as horticultural oil, but can be used to kill any spider mites during the fall and spring months.