There are many species of spider mites (around 1,200 species) all belonging to the family Tetranychidae. They generally prefer living in the undersides of leaves, where they spin protective silk webs which are also used as a means to protect their colonies as well as to travel from plant to plant. Spider mites can be difficult to spot but if unchecked, later move to the upper leaves. Spider mites vary in color, thus scouting and identification are key.
Retarded plant growth
Spider mite feed on the plant cells, this initial damage will appear as small yellow or brown spots on the leaves. The destruction of the cells results in reduced photosynthesis, plant growth reduction or even, if the infestation is large enough, the death of young plants.
There are specific natural enemies for different species of mites.
For more information contact your local BioBee field agent.