Rubber plant

Asked March 9, 2017, 2:45 PM EST

I have rubber plant that is 15 years old and it has spider mites - how can I get rid of them that won't hurt the plant? Also, will spider mites hurt pets (dog)?

Monroe County Michigan indoor gardening rubber plant

1 Response

Hi. No, the spider mites will not hurt your pet. One of the best ways to control spider mites is to put your plant in the shower and wash it off! Especially the underside of the leaves. If it is too large for that you can physically wash off the leaves top and bottom. Using a 50/50 alcohol and water mixture is effective. There are also miticides available to purchase, but the other techniques can be just as effective.