Roaming Red Spider Mite

Answered by Harrod Horticultural Posted in Category Pest Control & Nature

Dear Martin

I was wondering if you could help me as my partner and I seem to be over run by the Red Spider Mite..Although these do not seem to be bothered by our plants they just like roaming over the front and back door and path.

We have two hanging baskets at the front but only grass and a few flowers at the back as we are only just starting on the garden. Although I belive they are harmless and my partner is not bothered at all I am very much bothered by them as I cannot stand creapy crawlies:-)

Please can you give me any idea what I can get to try and cure this problem?   Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Karen

Dear Karen

Many thanks for your enquiry regarding red spider mite. It appears that the creatures creeping around your path and back door are not the greenhouse red spider mite which the phytoseilius persimilis predatory mites control. 

The greenhouse red spider mites are actually yellowish green in colour with a pair of darker markings, and only develop an orange red colour during the autumn-winter resting period. The breed extremely quickly in warm weather and feed by sucking sap from plants, creating webbing between leaves, a sure indication of their presence in the greenhouse. 

Although we are aware of the creatures you have on your path, our knowledge does not extend to any biological control which exists.  Hopefully this information is of help and please accept our apologies for not being of further assistance on this occasion. 

Many thanks once again for your enquiry.      

Martin