Thursday, February 10, 2011

Trying to Get Rid of Spider Mites

My impatiens plant has a terrible problem with spider mites. I've been fighting them for a long time. I've sprayed them several times. I haven't been feeling well, so it kind of got neglected and almost all the leaves died. You can see in this picture here that the poor thing looks...very sad:
Very Sad Impatiens Plant

Here's a close up of the little buggers web:
Spider Mites

The little white specks are the nasty critters. I decided it was time to get really serious with the things. You'd think I could have come up with a nicer way to do it. The plant was really struggling anyway, but they're about as hardy a plant as ever I've grown. I tipped it over the sink and sprayed it all down:
Spraying Down the Impatiens

I got it from every side corner and angle I could think of. You can see that it washed almost all the leaves off. They were dead anyway.
Impatiens with Almost no Leaves

Here's a close up between the branches showing where all the mites were washed away:
No More Spider Mites

It has been a couple weeks since I did all that. I'll take pictures of it now and share them with you another day. About my health, I'm waiting for a referral to visit with a Rheumatologist. Because my blood work didn't show anything really obvious, my regular doctor doesn't want to put me on anything without a for certain diagnosis.


  1. Wow! You really got physical with them! I have never heard of rinsing the plant to get rid of mites, and the plants I've had get them always died :(
    I will be trying that next time the need arises. I can't wait to see the picture of how its doing now!

  2. Man Missy, sorry you aren't feeling good. I came over thinking you caught that flu that has been going around-leveled me for 2 weeks-but sad to see it is much worse. Hold in there. I will be thinking about you. RA can be terrible, but they do have medical treatments that help.

    You know what you need? A good craft project to get your mind off of things :0) Pick one that will be kinda frustrating so you will be so crazy about that, you forget about the pain :0D

    Good luck with the Drs.

    The Sew*er, The Caker, The CopyCat Maker

  3. Spider mites are sticky little critters and a pain in the rump! I have been known to give such drastic showers to a few plants over the years. LOL

  4. Hi! How are you? Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Hope you have solved your mite problems.

  5. Hi Missy, I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling any better. Unless a problem is common or obvious doctors sometimes have a hard time figuring out what the problem is. Hopefully, you will be better soon!
    You really gave those spider mites the boot. I often get them on my ivy plants. I tell you, it doesn't take long for them to do a plant in! Usually I get rid of mine with a generous spray of insecticidal soap. Take care! Jennifer

  6. Aw poor little plant...hope you are feeling better though!

  7. Tara: I've had poor success getting rid of them too. They came back with this plant so I gave it another round. We'll see how that works out.

    Vanessa: Ah, if my joint would let me...I'm an avid crocheter and have a pair of socks started that don't seem to be finishing themselves anytime soon! :D

    Skeeter, One, and Heather: Thanks for stopping buy and commenting. I hope I get feeling better and get rid of my mites soon too!


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