Red spider exterminator
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AKL Exterminator against the red spider
Red spiders are one of the most common household pests in Quebec. They affect crops, plantations and gardens. Their mites can be very destructive. Fortunately, at AKL, we have the best exterminators to get rid of these pernicious insects.
Our company will provide you with a complete red spider removal and prevention service, protecting your property, guaranteeing your health and restoring the well-being of your property. Want to know more about these spiders? You are in the right place!
Let’s take a look at the behavior, habits, infestation patterns and measures to control red spiders. At AKL Exterminator our priority is to fight all insects and rodents so that you and your loved ones can live in peace without pests.
Pest Data Sheet
Red spiders are a species of tiny mites that affect plants, crops and gardens. These bugs are less than a millimeter long and their color varies from red to orange or yellow. They weave webs to protect their eggs and colonies. They belong to the subclass Acari.
Where does this parasite live?
These insects tend to thrive in warm climates, especially outdoors in gardens, greenhouses or orchards. You can find them on the underside of leaves, stems and branches. When an infestation spreads, it is very obvious to see these mites crawling on your plants.
What is the diet of red spiders?
The main source of food for these mites is plants of various species, especially the sap they contain. Ces araignées aspirent la sève pour absorber les cellules des plantes, les affaiblissant et les asséchant.
Life cycle of red spiders
Although they are tiny invaders that can only cause limited damage, their ability to reproduce is incredible. They can multiply to the point of ruining your entire garden or orchard if not controlled in time. These insects can live up to two months.
When they reproduce, they lay their spherical eggs in webs. And depending on the weather conditions, they can reach maturity in 5 weeks (the hotter it is, the faster it is). A female red spider can lay up to 20 eggs per day! Terrifying, isn’t it?
Il est donc nécessaire d’agir rapidement pour contrôler ce ravageur, car leur taux de reproduction est très élevé. In addition, these insects are resistant to many chemicals and can easily migrate from one plant to another, infesting others within days.
How to identify the signs of a red spider infestation?
The signs of a potential invasion by these nasty mites are pretty obvious. If you notice that your plants are starting to look droopy and sickly, it’s because the red spiders have sucked them in. Also, if you see dust or webs between the leaves (you can spray the plant to better see the webs).
In severe cases of infestation, your plants will show white or yellow spots. However, if you are more wary of these insects, you can use a magnifying glass to better distinguish them. If you see small red dots moving around on your plant, you definitely have a red spider infestation.
How to control a red spider infestation?
If you have an infestation of these mites, you must act quickly to protect your plants and crops. Red spiders are most active in hot, dry climates, so getting rid of them will require patience and several extermination methods.
As AKL Exterminator, we recommend the following treatments:
Use natural repellents
Red spiders can be controlled and dispersed with essences, oils or natural extracts of other plants. You can apply herbs, garlic, rosemary, eucalyptus, cinnamon, mint, chamomile or thyme near or on your infested plants. Even some vegetables can repel these spiders, such as lettuce and peppers.
Taking advantage of their natural predators
One of the easiest ways to eradicate these mites naturally is to let their natural predators do the work for you. Lacewings, ladybugs and even other predatory mites can easily control a red spider infestation. These predators will eat not only the adults, but also the eggs and nymphs, thus interrupting the reproductive cycle. You can get these effective insects from garden stores, botanical supplies or reliable websites.
Apply pesticides with caution
An effective way to kill this pest is to spray pesticides. However, you must be very careful not to damage your plants with the chemicals they contain. In addition, you should get good advice on the choice of pesticide, because in many cases its use may be ineffective.
But why does this happen? Since red spiders are in a specific category, if you overuse general pesticides, you can kill the predatory insects of these mites, thus promoting their spread. In addition, red spiders can develop chemical resistance, adapting quickly to pesticides.
If you want to get the best red spider pesticides, you can buy them on our site! Remember to apply these products to surfaces that you do not touch, out of reach of your children or pets.
Some prevention tips
If you don’t want to suffer from an invasion of red spiders in your plants and crops, the most sensible thing to do is prevention. Always check the condition of your plants, keep them free of dust. Spray them frequently with water under the leaves, as red spiders hate moisture. Simple, isn’t it?
Also, if you identify any warning signs, you should immediately isolate the suspect plant from other plants so that the red spiders do not migrate. Water your garden or orchard constantly and try to get non-pest insects to control signs of red spider infestation.