Difficult to see with the naked eye, spider mites are microscopic members of the arachnid family. They are similar to spiders but much smaller and come in a range of colors, from brown to red, green and yellow, depending on the species and time of year. Found on the underside of tree leaves, spider mites lay their eggs and live there. Not only do they damage trees by feeding on leaves and sucking out necessary nutrients, they also carry dangerous diseases. If you suspect a spider mite infestation and need a tree service in Owings Mills, Reisterstown or the Baltimore area, Keil Tree Experts can help.
Spider Mites on Trees
One clue that you have spider mites on your trees is the appearance of small, light-colored dots or specks on the leaves. These marks are due to spider mites sucking the sap from the tree, resulting in dead plant tissue. If you have missed this first sign, a fine webbing appears, and leaves will eventually scorch around the edges and fall off the tree.
Some of the trees that are commonly infected by spider mites include Spruce, Burning Bush, Boxwood, Juniper, Arborvitae, Douglas-Fir, Hemlock, and Pine.
Spider Mite Identification
Spider mites can be detrimental to your trees, but if caught early the damage will be minimal. If you suspect a spider mite problem, use a magnifying glass and look for moving dots on leaves or needles. Those mobile dots are spider mites. You could also try the white paper test. Shake a branch or some leaves over a white sheet of paper. The fallen mites appear as tiny black, red or brown moving dots.
Need a Tree Service in Owings Mills?
However, if you are unable to verify whether the spider mites are present on your trees, call an expert. Contact Keil Tree Experts. We provide reliable tree service in Owings Mills, Baltimore, Towson and beyond. We identify and detect spider mites, as well as other tree pests. Equipped with the right staff and chemicals, we’ll treat the infested trees and prevent further damage, leaving you with beautiful, healthy trees. We also excel in other tree care services including tree removal, stump removal, trimming, and pruning. Click here to schedule a free estimate.