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 Wash the leaves periodically to maintain a glossy shine and to remove any spider mites, which can sometimes trouble this plant. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Sep. 2023 Tiny spider mites will leave small dots on foliage and can often be detected from webbing on the plant. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 15 Aug. 2023 Use a sharp spray of water to rinse leaves of dust, dirt, aphids, white flies and spider mites, whose presence is evident by tiny webs on leaves and stems. - Plant spring-blooming bulbs that are dormant now. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023 The larvae also consume other soft-bodied prey, including mealybugs, scales, chilli thrips, thrips, leafhoppers, and spider mites and their eggs. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023 Neem oil is labeled for soft-bodied pests such as aphids, beetle larvae, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs, thrips, spider mites, and whiteflies. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 May 2023 To control these insect pests, regularly prune off and destroy any buds that don’t unfurl properly. –Check plants for spider mites and blast any fine nets of webbing on the undersides of leaves with a strong jet of water, or apply insecticidal soap. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2023 Caterpillars can be an issue, Mr. Decker said, as well as aphids and spider mites, all of which seem to love marijuana just as much as humans. Elizabeth G. Dunn, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023 The spider mite Stigmaeopsis longus is a sociable critter that works together to build silken nests on the undersides of leaves. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spider mite was in 1870

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“Spider mite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20mite. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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spider mite

: any of various mites that spin webs and include some that attack plants

called also red spider

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