So I've recently had my first encounter with spider mites and thought I'd share a little as well as inquire of the best way to get rid of them. Ironically, I didn't get them on outdoor plants. They appeared on some mint I took to work to keep inside for winter.
How do I know what they are? The first clue is the bronzing of the leaves. I also noticed a bit of webbing between two leaves.
Everyone always say you need a magnifying glass to tell for certain that you have them but I found an easier way. Simply rub your fingers across a suspect leaf. If they're there, you'll have little sred treaks of squished bug on your fingers.
Also, online, everyone suggests mint extract as a decent natural pesticide. Well I don't think it will work on spider mites. That is what they're eating!
So anyway, how do you control them?
I've been rubbing my fingers over all the suspect leaves with plenty of squish satisfaction. I've also been trying a garlic water spray on both sides of the leaves. (another observation: the scent of mint ALWAYS overpowers the garlic scent. . . who knew) What else can I do? I was considering cutting the plant down to the soil and letting new shoots develop and trying to keep them clean. Do y'all have any other suggestions?