This post will cover what you need to create a miticide and how to complete the process at home:
Identify the Infestation
Before creating the miticide, it is important for you to identify that you are targeting the correct pest. Spider mites enjoy environments that are hot and dry and travel on the wind (and through screens on windows or doors). They create webbing between leaves and stems and will feed on foliage, leaving yellow marks where they ate through.
You will be able to treat a spider mite infestation on your plants once you have determined they are the cause. At that point, consider brewing your own miticide or using one of the home remedies mentioned below.
Home Remedies for Spider Mites
Most people can try one of these home remedies for spider mites with products or ingredients they already have at home. It is a good idea to test each of the following on a small portion of the plant to ensure that it doesn’t cause damage. Once you have the green light, spray your plant thoroughly, especially the undersides of the leaves where spider mites tend to live. Here are a few different remedies that indoor gardeners have used to rid their plants of these pests:
Mash two cloves of garlic or measure out two teaspoons of minced garlic to add to a liter of water (about 4.25 cups). Stir the mix, then allow it to stand at room temperature overnight. In the morning, strain out the garlic using a cheesecloth or a colander, then pour the liquid into a spray bottle to spray on the infected plants.
Cayenne Pepper Spray
Use a blender to blend one cup of water, a Chile pepper, and a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper. Once blended, use a cheesecloth to remove any bits as you pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your plants to control the pest population.
Dish Soap Spray
Mix three tablespoons of mild dish soap (such as Castile) with one gallon of water. Spray it on the leaves, testing a small area first to ensure that you don’t cause damage.
Essential Oils for Spider Mites
It isn’t a secret that many people have returned to using essential oils for home medicine and cosmetics. In fact, many home gardeners use specific oils to chase away unwanted pests from both their indoor and outdoor plants. Note that when using essential oils, it is a good idea to source them responsibly, ensuring that the company has done tests to ensure purity. Look for companies that post their test results online.
After selecting an essential oil, mix a few drops with water in a spray bottle or in a watering can apply them to your plants. Undiluted oils can cause damage to plants if applied improperly. Here are five essential oils that have helped gardeners remove spider mites from their plants and prevent them from returning: