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Spider mites (Tetranychidae) are among the most common pests, not only on oleanders. These are different species from the group of arachnids, whereby they form the only thread-spinning family within the mites - hence the name. The tiny creatures, which are only up to 0.8 millimeters long, can hardly be seen with the naked eye, but can cause even more damage.

Spider mites like to nest in oleanders

Spider mites love oleanders

In general, spider mites are not particularly picky when it comes to their food plants. However, they attack certain plants particularly frequently. One of these favorite plants is the oleander, which seems to be a real treat for the animals. An infestation can hardly be avoided, after all the arachnids are in the air and are blown everywhere with it. Oleanders that have wintered warm and dry are particularly at risk, as are specimens that are in warm and sheltered locations (e.g. in the sun on a house wall). Free-standing oleanders, on the other hand, are rarely attacked.

Effectively prevent spider mite infestation

To a certain extent, you can prevent a spider mite infestation. Since the animals prefer a dry and warm climate, you only have to ensure high humidity or a slight breeze. Although oleanders should be protected, on hot summer days it is better to move the bucket away from the house wall and leave it free. Spray the oleander regularly with the help of a spray bottle so that the foliage is damp. In winter, the oleander should not stand in the warm living room, but hibernate at around five degrees Celsius in a frost-free and bright place. Don't forget to water the plant once a week in winter.

This is how you get rid of those annoying spider mites

Specialized remedies that are available in specialist shops help against spider mites - or some tried-and-tested home remedies, the ingredients of which you certainly have in your kitchen. With a light infestation - and if the oleander is not too big yet - you can spray the plant vigorously with water and then put a plastic bag over it. The humidity under the bag reliably kills the spider mites. Sprays based on rapeseed oil, with which the undersides of the leaves in particular are wetted, have also proven their worth.

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If you spray the oleander regularly with water and then take a very close look, you can detect a spider mite infestation at an early stage thanks to the water droplets glittering in the fine webs.

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