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spider mite

n.
Any of numerous small red mites of the family Tetranychidae that feed on plants, sometimes causing damage to crops, and often spin webs on leaf surfaces.
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spider mite

n
(Animals) any of various plant-feeding mites of the family Tetranychidae, esp Panonychus ulmi (red spider mite), which is a serious orchard pest
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spi′der mite`


n.
any of numerous, variously colored, web-spinning mites of the family Tetranychidae, many of which are pests of garden plants and fruit trees.
[1865–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spider mite - web-spinning mite that attacks garden plants and fruit treesspider mite - web-spinning mite that attacks garden plants and fruit trees
mite - any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods
family Tetranychidae, Tetranychidae - plant-feeding mites
Panonychus ulmi, red spider, red spider mite - small web-spinning mite; a serious orchard pest
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RED SPIDER MITES These critters seems to come into their own in summer, and you need to keep your eye out for them on plants which are placed against sunny walls or in greenhouses or conservatories.
Maintaining a humid atmosphere will also deter red spider mites that thrive in hot, dry conditions.
However, these sounds like red spider mites. They look like spiders but aren't.
Although nettles are looked |upon as a weed by gardeners, they are a favourite egg laying plant for ladybirds and by leaving a patch of nettles to develop in your garden, you will be helping them to increase their numbers; Ladybirds are great for the |garden as they, and their larvae, will eat aphids, red spider mites, whitefly and other pests; Nettle aphids provide an early |food source for woodland birds, such as the Great Tit and Blue Tit, which have learnt to exploit the garden habitat; Later in the year, the nettle |patch can provide food for the caterpillars of the Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock butterflies, as well as the beautiful Red Admiral; At any time, the nettle foliage |can be cut down and submerged in water to make a free and totally organic liquid plant food.
Mealy bugs, slugs, white flies, red spider mites, shore flies, scale insects and other pests, most thankfully not as prolific as the aphids, all join together in a feeding frenzy.
There are a range of harmless predators available that will feed on pests such as red spider mites, whiteflies and aphids.
RED SPIDER MITES These critters grow to around 1mm long.
Now they are covered with red spider mites. What happened?
Cyclamen are generally free from pests and diseases though they may be attacked by red spider mites spreading from other house plants or vine weevils introduced in old compost.
They can eat five adult red spider mites or 25 young larvae/eggs a day and breed rapidly while actively seeking prey.
One of the more effective and less stressful management techniques used against red spider mites is a forceful stream of cold water from the hose directed on the underside of leaves.
They are red spider mites that feed on the nutrients in plant sap - see the tell-tale yellow spots that cover the puncture marks and sticky honeydew that they secrete.