The Red spider mite - why red ?
It’s a sort of light browny colour, although it does get a bit redder late in the season.
Well one thing is for sure, it’s a right little breeder !
Plus it is immune to many insecticides, with some studies showing that it is becoming immune to ever more chemicals with every spraying
(You know this growing immunity to man made drugs and chemicals seems to be growing more and more rapidly, whether it’s pesticides or antibiotics. Why do I find this scary ? )
What to do - these little mites can really weaken your plants, and go on, and on , Oh and on !
Well, we turn to nature again - to a really red mite.
These little mites, so the story goes, came from Chile to Germany with some Limes, then spread around a bit.
To keep up with the Red Spider mites breeding it needs at least 21 degrees centigrade, which is easily obtained in the greenhouse.
It will quite happily continue to chomp away outside though, all the way through the summer.
You should be able to get rid of the Spider Mite in the greenhouse with one application.