Re: [CH] Spider mites

Celeste or Dave Anderson (
Wed, 27 May 1998 16:35:14 +0000

> I just received a report from my 'plant doctor' that I have spider mites in
> my Chile patch.  Does anyone have a remedy that they have found to be
> effective?  She (the plant doctor) suggested pesticides on the order of
> Diazanon or Malathion.  Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!

Spider mites are not insects. They are arachnids and most 
insecticides don't work on them. Look for a miticide which is 
approved for peppers. I think Kelthane is one but am not sure. Avid 
is an excellent miticide which we use in the greenhouse on 
ornamentals, but it is not approved for vegetables. Spider mites also 
like dry conditions, so try spraying them with water and keeping the 
humidity up. Above all, before using anything, READ THE LABEL!

Dave Anderson
Tough Love Chile Co.