Spider Mite Alert
Last year the spider mites arrived in April, but I think it was more towards the end of April.
This year they arrived even earlier. I have them on two huge potted brugmansias that overwinter in the garage all winter, but which have been out on the patio since early March.
I noticed some discolored leaves this morning and checked the backs of those leaves this afternoon and found dozens of spider mites on the backs of each and every leaf. I used a sharp stream of water from the hose to knock them off the leaves. Sometimes that works, although you often have to do it for 3 to 5 days before they give up and move to something else.
I'll keep an eye on them to see if I see fewer mites each day or not.
I do have lady bugs down in the veggie garden, and saw one on a leaf on the brug yesterday, so maybe the lady bugs will start reproducing soon and will make quick work of the spider mites.
Anyway, I just wanted to alert y'all and let you know that, at least out here in the sticks, the spider mites are up, on the move, and reproducing.
I have never necessarily been a believer in global warming, per se, as an event that is absolutely caused by mankind. I've always wondered if maybe it is just a part of the earth's natural cycle. What I do see happening, though, is that we're getting warmer earlier and earlier and having more pest bugs arriving earlier and earlier. I sure don't like it, whether it is a natural occurrence or from global warming related to mankind.
I hope the lady bugs take care of all these spider mites before they spread to my veggie garden plantings.