Question by  sixinthenw (36)

What do I do about white mites on trees?

Are they harming the trees?


Answer by  PhoneDood (98)

In general I'd say plants are difficult for most novices to handle. You should either consult a skilled botanist, or at the very least pick up a "Plants for Dummies" book. There are a lot of different plant types to identify. Most plants are unique in their characteristics, and there's no easy answer here.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

Yes they will kill the trees and they are very hard to get rid of. You need to get some form of powder or spray for mites and get it right on there so you can get rid of them right away. beacuse if they are in one tree before they are done they will be in all of them.


Answer by  mannersandsuch (1796)

The answer is that depends. The mites will defiantly harm certain trees while others will be fine. To kill them look for boric acid at your local store and spread around the base of the trees.


Answer by  terry82 (191)

Mites don't usually kill trees but an infestation can weaken it for other pathogens. If you see a lot of holes or large grouping of insects, it is best to spray the tree either by yourself or an arborist.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

The best way to get the answer you need is to put one in a baggie and take it in to your local green house show it to them and tell them what kind of tree it is on and they will be able to answer your questions.


Answer by  MattK (1713)

When you are examining the tree for those white mites, you should look at the leaves. If they appear normal, the tree has not been yet affected by these mites. In any case, go to the household center and buy a spray for the mites.


Answer by  mcmario2007 (786)

They cause little harm to the trees, trying applying tea tree oil or cream to the tree to keep the mites under control.


Answer by  Bugturk (97)

Spider mites seldom bother outdoor trees. Indoor trees are VERY vulnerable. Spray leaves from below with pyrethrin insecticide. For a non-insecticidal solution, scrub leaves/stems with sponge and dilute soapy water.


Answer by  Tink1712 (145)

It depends on the tree. Check the leaves and tree for signs of distress or damage. If the tree is failing, treat it for white mites.

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