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How to Eliminate Mites on Green Bean Leaves

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Overview

Green beans, eggplants and tomatoes are among the vegetable plants that are susceptible to an infestation of spider mites during the growing season. Mites thrive in hot, dry climates and can destroy green bean plants very quickly. Beginning a control treatment as soon as the mites appear can save your green bean plants from harm.

Step 1

Combine 1 tsp. of a liquid dish detergent in a gallon of water. Pour it into a manual spray bottle if you have a small patch of green beans in your garden. Use a larger, commercial spraying system for more expansive plots of green beans.

Step 2

Spray green bean leaves with the mixture of dish detergent and water to eliminate spider mites and other insects. Be sure to treat both sides of the leaves; mites are tiny and may hide on the underside of bean leaves. Treat the bean leaves for four consecutive days, and repeat the treatment after a five-day break.

Step 3

Eliminate mites from green bean plants through more aggressive chemical controls if the detergent treatment does not bring about satisfactory results. Texas A & M's AgriLIFE Extension suggests using miticides that contain suplhur or Kelthane, especially when treating beans early in the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spray bottle
  • Miticide

References

  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Insect Management for Legumes
  • Texas A & M AgriLIFE Extension: Beans
  • Ohio State University Extension: Spider Mites and Their Control
Keywords: spider mites, insect management, pest control

About this Author

Erica Roth has been a freelance writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

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