Spider mites grow in hot, dry gardens

Current weather and smoke conditions are severe for people, plants and pets. After prolonged exposure to smoke, woody plants grow slowly and fall off earlier by falling leaves. High temperatures cause tomatoes and peppers to lose their fruit. The time he spends in the garden is often pleasant, causing headaches.

Meanwhile, something is growing by focusing on the lower part of the leaves and the growth of new plants – many things. Hot, dry, dusty weather is ideal for spiders. When the situation is right, these tiny arachnid rivals have been lurking in the Basin and East Oregon for the past few weeks.

The term “mouse” refers to tiny creatures, often microscopic creatures that are associated with smallpox and spiders. Ants are often associated with insects in pest management discussions and information. Spiders, spider mites, eriophyid mites, and others each have slightly different life cycles and host plants. Some are unique to a few species, such as clover and spruce worms, while others can feed and grow dozens of plant and landscape plants, such as two-spotted spider mites.

For an overview of the various types of micro-organisms commonly found in Oregon, see the OSU website on the topic – termites | College of Agricultural Sciences (oregonstate.edu). Erosive termites are common in the Klamat Basin. This summer, and especially in the last few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of spider mites.

In the author’s compound and in the greenhouse, spider mites are now found on tomatoes, pumpkins, chamomile, wildflowers and fig leaves, indicating a wide range of plant families suitable for spider mites. During a recent visit to the Oregon Garden and Flower Farm, spiders were spotted with peppers, eggs, and beans.

Microscopic ants are easy to spot, allowing many people to build around the edges of the leaves and between the leaves before a good web is formed. Resources are available to identify and manage these micro, plant pests.

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