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November 23, 2014

Spider Mites
Spider mites are tiny insects that frequently infest houseplants. The insects are difficult to see, but signs of infestation include leaves that curl and drop, stunted growth, blackened buds, foliage with a grayish or dusty appearance, and webs on the undersides of leaves. They are difficult to control once they take hold, so spray your plants at the first sign of problems. Here are two nontoxic homemade sprays that will help:

BUTTERMILK SPRAY
Mix 1/2 cup buttermilk with 4 cups wheat flour to 5 gallons of water.

ALCOHOL SPRAY
Mix 4 parts water to 3 parts rubbing alcohol.

Spray at 5-day intervals to get rid of any newly-hatched spider mites and quarantine infested plants to prevent them from spreading.


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