spider mite

noun

Definition of spider mite

: any of various small web-spinning mites (family Tetranychidae) that include destructive pests of plants

called also red spider

Examples of spider mite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Increasing humidity around plants may also help limit spider mite build-up. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2021 The most common insect problems include root weevil, aphid, spider mite, crown moth and symphylan. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 Check for root weevils in ornamental shrubs and flowers; codling moth and spider mite in apple trees; scale insects in camellias, holly and maples. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 Whether plants would come back from spider mite damage or not would really depend on the extent of the damage. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 18 June 2021 Use liquid seaweed spray for spider mite infestations. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Continue your application of seaweed extract to the undersides of the leaves to combat spider mite population growth. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 28 May 2021 Some San Antonio gardeners have had success in reducing the speed and extent of spider mite populations by using a preventative spray every week of 2 tablespoons of seaweed extract per gallon of water. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Mar. 2021 Now is the time spider mites, aphids and other garden nasties will devour your precious plants. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of spider mite

1870, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2021

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“Spider mite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20mite. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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