To easily locate spider mite infestation, simply get a white sheet of paper and hold it under a limb. Next, gently slap the limb against the paper and wait for larger debris and bugs to move away, then swipe your hand over the paper. Look for red smearing to indicate spider mite infestation.

Spider Mites Close Up

What Will Happen To My Landscape?

Spider mite infestations typically start to make the landscape look dull in color. As they suck the plant dry, the trees and shrubs turn yellow to brown. Spider mites feed and breed all season long.

What Can I Do About Spider Mites?

Chemical control is generally your only option to control spider mites. Most local hardware stores carry insecticides that will control spider mites. Because these sprays can cause injury to certain plants, read the label thoroughly before using and apply according to the directions. Spider mites have multiple hatching periods so more than one insecticide application will be required for complete control. Combating spider mites can be a timely and unpleasant weekend task!

How Can Natural Way Help?

Prevention is the key in controlling spider mites. Here at Natural Way we have certified professionals who are used to preventing and controlling spider mites. Our 6 Point Protection Program will provide several critically timed sprays to the landscape that will help control spider mites, extend the life of the plant and minimize overall damage.

Even though spider mites will not generally kill a plant by themselves, the plant will become more susceptible to other problems and its appearance will be very unsightly.

Spider Mites on Leaf

Photo of twospotted Spider Mite infestation – Credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,