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How can I Eliminate Mites on Plants?

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Getting rid of mites on plants can be a very difficult process. While there are a number of products on the market that claim to be effective in the treatment of mites, not all of them are created equally. Traditionally, insecticidal sprays are one of the most common and effective ways to get rid of mites on plants, though pyrethrin spray, a product made from geraniums, has also been found to be successful. Those who are looking for more natural ways to treat their mite problem should consider using dish soap, lemon juice, or even rubbing alcohol.

Insecticidal spray is one of the most common ways to get rid of mites on plants. Typically, insecticidal sprays can be found at most home improvement or gardening nurseries. Those who are not familiar with using these materials should consult with a botanist. These professionals should be able to provide instructions for use.

Pyrethrin spray is a unique product that has received positive reviews in the treatment of mites on plants. This spray is made from geraniums, and has been found to be most effective in the fight against spider mites and flying bugs. As with more traditional forms of insecticidal spray, it can be found at most gardening supply stores. While this product is considered relatively safe, it should still be used with caution.

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The combination of traditional dish soap and water is one of the best ways to eliminate mites on plants. Those who wish to use this technique should start by mixing one teaspoon of the soap into a half gallon of water. Placing the mixture into a spray bottle and spraying both the tops and bottoms of leaves with the mixture is a sure-fire way to get rid of mites on plants.

Those looking for a natural way to get rid of mites on plants should consider the use of lemon juice. As with dish soap, when combined with water, lemon juice has been found to be highly effective at treating mites on plants. Gardeners should mix three parts of water into two parts of lemon juice, and spray the mixture on both sides of the leaves, as well as on the stems of the plants affected.

Rubbing alcohol may provide some relief in the treatment of mites on plants. Using rubbing alcohol on plants, however, can be a very time-consuming process. In order to treat the infestation, it must be applied with a cotton swab to the stems of affected plants, as well as to both the top and the bottom of the leaves.

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