Spider Mites Tetranychus urticae
Questions About Spider Mites
How do I know if I have Spidermites?
The most common Spidermite in agricultural/horticultural facilities is the Two-Spotted Spidermite, Tetranychus urticae. Populations of this pest can best be categorized in three levels: Low, Medium, and High, or 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Level 1 Spidermite indicates one or two individual adult or nymph mites on a leaf with minimal damage observed. Level 2 Spidermite indicates larger populations on a leaf made up of all life stages (egg, larvae, nymph, adult) with more obvious damage symptoms. Level 3 indicates a full breeding ground complete with webbing, significant crop damage, and all stages of the pest's lifecycle present.
How do you get rid of Spidermites?
Spidermites are attacked by the natural enemy Phytoseiulus persimilis which feeds exclusively on Spidermite. Persimilis feeds voraciously on the pest and can easily traverse their webbing. When introduced preventatively or in great enough numbers, the Persimilis will eventually feed on every Spidermite on a plant, crashing both the pest's population as well as its own.
What causes Spidermites?
Spidermites are a cosmopolitan pest of plants which occur in every temperate region in the world. They can easily be brought into a facility on propagated plant material, on employee's clothing, or even through the air on small strands of webbing they use as a sail to distribute on wind currents. Spidermites prefer hot, dry conditions which cause plant stress.
How do you control two spotted spider mites?
While there are a wide variety of approaches for effective TSSM control, the method of choice will largely depend on the variables that are unique to your grow. In general, for a curative approach to controlling an established population of spider mites during the vegetative or early-flower period, you might want to start with our Spidex products. If you've dealt with the TSSM in the past and are not wanting to deal with them again, you might want to utilize our Spical Ulti-Mite sachets. Again, the approach you choose will depend on your growing situation, so if you'd like further assistance choosing the right product for you, please contact our customer service team!
What does a two spotted spider mite look like?
An adult Two-Spotted Spider Mite is about 1/50 of an inch long, or in other words, nearly impossible to see any detail with the nake eye. Under magnification, however, you will see a beige body with what look like dark 'spots' on either side of its dorsal section. Nymphs and eggs both look slightly different, but as with most cannabis pests magnification is crucial in order to be 100% sure of what you are dealing with.
What are signs of spider mites?
Subsequent to feeding on the plant tissue, TSSM leave behind what people often describe as 'speckling' or 'stippling' on the top of the leaf surface. The speckling will be prolific and not be contained to certain parts of the leaf, but will look like a collection of very tiny white spots over the entire leaf surface. In addition, once populations reach concentrated enough levels, the spider mites will begin to fortify their territory by spinning fine webbing, which also allows them to traverse the canopy with greater ease. If you see this type of webbing, it is for sure there are spider mites in the area. No other common cannabis pest spins web.
What's the lifespan of a spider mite?
Given optimal conditions (approximately ~80 °F & low RH), TSSM's can hatch from their egg in 3-5 days. Once they reach adulthood, which can occur in as little as 5 days, each female has the capacity to lay up to 20 eggs per day and can live for 2 to 4 weeks, laying hundreds of eggs during that time.
Should I throw away plants with spider mites?
While the decision to purge infected plants rests with the grower alone, the talented team at Natural Enemies can certainly provide guidance and explain all of the available options, allowing you to make an informed decision regarding your grow.