Mites are nearly invisible, but they can cause destruction that will surely be noticed on a variety of indoor and outdoor trees, shrubs, and plants.
Signs that mites are present include spotting, bronzing, or yellowing of leaves and the presence of small webs between twigs.
Like spiders, these arthropods have eight legs but often go unnoticed until after the damage has occurred. Different types of mites can feed on different plants—and often vary throughout different seasons. Common mites include:
Regularly water and fertilize your plants as the likelihood of mite damage increases when plants are not sufficiently watered. If you suspect mites are attacking your plant, shake a branch while holding a piece of white paper beneath it. If mites are present, several may fall onto the paper.
To help reduce the number of mites, forcefully spray water on affected plants to help wash them off. Make sure to do this in the morning so you don’t scorch your leaves on a hot day. To further combat mites, apply miticide treatments or dormant oil.