Does anyone know how to get rid of the Tetranychus urticae or spider
mite? They have devastated my herb pots, ate the potatoe, tomatoe and
some bean plants and now they seem to be moving on to the flower
How can I get rid of them? I tried spraying with a mixture of garlic
and dishwashing liquid but that only slowed them down.
In 3 days they were chewing happily at my plants as if nothing ever
happened. Can I do anything at all?
I have made a spray with a little bit of buttermilk and flour (like a
tablespoon of each for two liters of water), and some insecticidal
soap thrown in, and it worked really well. We get spider mites on our
beans every year.
I am not certain yet but I've done a little experiment. In one of my
big bean pots (60 cm diameter) I planted stinging nettles and in other
one lots of garlic cloves. My beans hated the garlic and lowered pod
production drastically and the aphid population dropped a little. In
the other pot (with stinging nettle) I have almost no aphids, my beans
are producing normally - 6 pods/week and continue to grow. The pots are
next to each other so the aphids would have no problem crossing.
Any comments from a more experienced gardner? What is your experience?
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