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How to Get Rid of Mites From Roses

Roses, like most other flowers, are susceptible to mite infestations. These tiny pests inhabit any type of plant that has dry or dusty leaves. In small numbers, mites can cause leaves to curl up and turn yellow, but as the mite population increases, they can kill entire plants. Pesticides are often ineffective in treating mites. The most effective treatment against mites on rose plants is completely natural and inexpensive.

Spray water directly on top of the rose plants. The water will knock the mites off and may cause them to drown.

Spray water on the entire plant three times per day, making sure to also spray the underside of the leaves. Mites are attracted to dry, dusty conditions, so a moist plant will deter them from coming back.

Release ladybugs in the area. Ladybugs, available in most garden supply stores, are one of the best natural pest controls available. They will eat the mites along with many other pests, but will not harm your plants.

Spray neem oil on the underside of the leaves. Neem oil is a natural, vegetable-based oil that repels mites.

Rid Of Wood Mites

Wood mites are tiny, harmless bugs that often live in old, damp wood. Though they pose no direct threat to pet snakes, they should be eradicated anyway for the sake of good hygiene. Wood mites also infest cigar humidors. Inspect the area thoroughly and locate any mites. They feed on decomposing wood, but they are not termites. Purchase an anti-mite insecticide at your local gardening or home supply store. If the mites have invaded your cigar humidor, place it in the freezer for a few hours. Mite eggs cannot survive in cold climates. Available at many gardening supply stores and online, the hypoaspis mite is a predatory mite that will quickly consume the wood mites.


When spraying your roses with water, try not to get the soil too wet as soggy soil can hurt the plant roots.

Test a small amount of the neem oil on one leaf before you spray the whole plant. Neem oil may damage certain types of roses.

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