Wood mites are extremely small pests that usually live in bushes and shrubs. A rapid spike in their population can cause them to kill leaves on their host plant, and even the entire plant in severe cases. These mites are harmless to humans but they can invade indoor spaces and establish themselves among houseplants if left alone.
In this article, we will discuss how to identify and get rid of common wood mites around your property/lawn so, your home and ornamentals can stay free of mites’ activity year around.
Step By Step Guide
Identify the presence of wood mites
It is critically important to identify the cause of the problem before you start planning a pest control program. If you fail to identify the right cause, it will be a wastage of your hard-earned money and precious time.
There could be many signs from which you recognize that the wood mites are wandering around your lawn. They are small in size but the presence of them can be noticed with the help of these signs. Wood mites are also found in your home once they are found in your yard.
The two-spotted spider mite is the common mite that is found indoors and outdoors. Its length is about only a 50th part of an inch. They are called spider mites because they have eight legs like spiders, large black spots on their body, and clear/transparent built-up. These spots cannot be seen on the body of baby mites that are recently molted.
They start multiplying from the spring season and they become the most visible pests till the winter season. The favorable places for the wood mites are debris, underneath spaces of the trees, cracks, and crevice. Wood mites can change their color with the phases of maturation from white to reddish-orange, but the two black spots remain the same on their bodies.
After identifying the wood mites and their presence in your area, it is necessary to inspect the damage that they have caused to your plants and spaces both indoors and outdoors. You can do this by looking carefully at the favorable areas of the wood mites’ activity.
Woody plants, bushes, shrubs, flowers, and trees are attacked and most areas where they love to stay for long periods. In the beginning, the damaged plants will have visible pale spots which will then turn to yellow and brown if the pests would not be controlled. These mites shed their skins when they get matured, so you can also observe some of the skins and mites themselves under the spaces of the trees.
If you have found the wood mites inside your home then do not forget to inspect the cracks and crevice in your inside the home areas, because they begin to hide in the curves and cracks of the woody structures. These structures include sides of the doors, sealing of windows, plumbing penetration areas, house plants, and behind the electrical boards.
Once you have inspected your indoor areas, also look carefully at your outdoor areas. Mites can be seen on the entry points of your yard or even house door, and any plants that you have kept near the house entry door. Now, use this information to start the treatment for pest control.
Treating the issue:
Before starting any treatment be sure to wear your protective equipment or PPE, and remember to keep all pets and people off the treated areas until dry. To get rid of wood mites you need to use a high-quality, tested, and effective insecticide.
Liquid insecticide is ideal to use because it provides your property with strong residual protection against mites and other pests as well. It can also be used for outdoor and indoor treatments. Note that indoor applications of insecticide are limited to spots, cracks, and crevice treatment only. To treat for wood mites on your property it is recommended to use a hand pump sprayer since you will be making a localized ornamental application, barrier treatments, and crack and crevice treatments.
For most infestations, you can use more liquid insecticide, and using 0.5 fluid ounces to effectively control pests is considered suitable by the experts.
For a severe infestation, you may use up to 1 ounce of the fluid with one gallon of water to treat a 1000 square feet area. To enhance the control over the wood mites you may add a surfactant to the solution which will allow the product to fully adhere to the surface. Keep in mind to avoid overlapping the application with the prior treatments.