What is Miticide: How to its use in House or Garden Plants
What is Miticide?
A miticide is a chemical pesticide that specifically targets plant mites. Mites are tiny insects that are closely related to spiders and ticks. There are several types of mites, and once established in a plant host they can damage the health of the plant. Additionally, mites can transmit viruses and diseases to your plants. Mites can be treated with both broad-spectrum and narrow-spectrum miticides.
There are several different types of mites that can affect both indoor and outdoor plants, ranging in size and color. One of the most common and easiest to recognize are spider mites. They produce fine webbing and will feed from a wide variety of plants. Other mites, such as the spruce mite, or honey locust spider mite, target specific plants. Managing these pests is crucial to preventing widespread contamination of a garden or houseplant.
Tips for Using Miticide Sprays Safely
The following tips will come in handy when you want to know how to use a miticide correctly:
• Don’t use miticide on windy days. Wind can carry miticide to undesired areas, and it isn’t as effective because less of the product lands on the intended plant.
• Buy only as much miticide as you can use and mix only what you need at one time because it is very difficult to dispose of the remaining product. It is illegal to pour leftover miticide down the drain or onto the soil, and you can’t discard containers of miticide in the garbage.
• Pay particular attention to the undersides of leaves where mites like to hide and build their webs. This is particularly important with contact miticides where the product must come in direct contact with the mite to kill it.
• Store all miticides in their original container and out of the reach of children.