How to Get Rid of Spider Mites Without Hurting Your Plants


There are numerous methods for exterminating spider mites. The effectiveness of each method may depend on the population, species, plants, age of the mites, and other factors. Our most highly recommended solution is an organic spray, specifically our trusted brand of LavaMite™.

Many gardeners constantly wonder how to get rid of spider mite infestations, often trying many crazy methods found online. Stop goofing around and save your plants with LavaMite™.


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However, you can adjust your strategy, and use methods in conjunction depending on the situation. If you’d like to dabble with the other methods before giving us a try, go ahead and try the additional ways to get rid of spider mites listed below. Then when you’re ready to destroy these little hellions, go to our store and order a bottle of our LavaMite™ formula.


Other natural methods of getting rid of spider mites can be found below, although the term “natural” is subjective. For instance, I don’t consider rigging up a CO2 atmosphere to suffocate or freeze mites a very “natural” remedy since it involves tons of work, including a cannister of CO2. But to each their own.


Some growers favor using predator mites and predator insects to control the mite population. They favor this technique because it relies on natural processes for removal as they don’t like the idea of insecticides or pesticides being sprayed on their crops. We don’t either since these pesticides are often harmful to the plant itself, which defeats the purpose of trying to remove spider mites in the first place.

The predators to spider mites naturally find where spider mites are hiding to consume them. In addition, you won’t have to worry about handling chemicals. However, they can be somewhat expensive, and predators need a welcoming environment to get really established. Also, some predators might not go after certain species of mites, or not eat the eggs of certain species. It also takes time for them to grow with the spider mite population, and they might not be able to reverse a large presence of mites.

ConclusionIn summary, while predatory mites CAN work, they’re not guaranteed to work. There are simply far too many variables in play to make it a sure thing. In the end, it’s one huge hassle for what ends up being a long-shot to kill your mite infestation.


Drowning the mites is another method. You can fully soak the plants within water, wrapping up their roots, in order to flood the mite population. While this does work, it is a bit labor intensive. Furthermore, it only works for smaller potted plants. Larger plants and/or larger numbers of plants won’t be feasible for this, in which case you’ll need a more efficient method.

People growing cannabis are also unlikely to want to submerge a flowering plant in water, instead opting for a spray.

Conclusion: As stated above, drowning spider mites should only be reserved for smaller, potted plants. If you have them on larger crops and plants, you’ll want to try another method.


Spraying the undersides of leaves with water is the simplest method. This will dislodge spider mites, although it probably won’t remove them all if there are many. This also isn’t really effective against eggs.

Other ingredients are said to be used to be more effectively, such as capsaicin, which acts as an irritant to the mites. You can also use other substances to get rid of them more effectively, such as alcohol, cinnamon oil, lemon juice, garlic extract, soap, and so on. However, you must be careful with the plants, and wash them off right after. It’s also anyone’s guess as to how much of each ingredient you should be using when making these homemade recipes.

Conclusion: Overall, these methods are best for preventative or small-scale purposes, and aren’t truly effective at stopping an infestation. Once you’re already infested with spider mites, it’s best to go with something more proactive, such as LavaMite™.


A more extreme tactic is CO2 fumigation. Plants live off of CO2, while spider mites are aerobic and need oxygen. Putting the plants in a sealed environment and displacing the air with CO2 will kill the mites with certainty. While a properly controlled CO2 fumigation is very effective, it is very difficult to set it up as it requires a closed space and the know-how to pull it off.

You also need to regulate the CO2 content and ventilate the area properly when the process is finished – high CO2 levels will eventually damage plants. Fumigation requires expertise and equipment, and a great deal of caution. After all, a high level of CO2 and lack of oxygen is just as dangerous to humans as it is to other animals, so safety is paramount.

Conclusion: This is a very extreme method that requires much skill and time dedicated to both setting up the fumigation area and executing the method properly. It takes much more preparation than most are willing to dedicate, and the entire process is very time consuming.

Rather than play around with dangerous gas, we recommend trying out a bottle of LavaMite™ and getting rid of spider mites in 30 minutes or less. It doesn’t matter which type of mite species you’re infested with, LavaMite™ will get rid of red spider mites, as well as the more common 2-spotted species.


Whichever method you choose to get rid of spider mites, it’s important to keep in mind that there are also cautionary tactics to make sure that the spider mites are exterminated properly. Heavily infested plants should be quarantined so that the mites can’t spread out further. You should also be sure to change gloves and equipment while dealing with the problem, as mites can easily be carried from one place to another. Sterilization and cleanliness can go a long way in keeping mites away.

If you have an established spider mite infestation, and you want a straightforward, affordable method to wipe it out, the best choice is through a non-toxic spray such as LavaMite™.