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How it Works

Liquid Ladybug Gets Rid of Spider Mites & Controls Spider Mite Infestations.

Liquid Ladybug™ and the Two Spotted Spider Mite Life Cycle

Spider Mite Life Cycle

Spider Mite Life Cycle

The mite is most vulnerable at hatching and in the nymph phase. Eradicating them early prevents adults that can lay eggs. The entire colony is reliant on sufficient egg-laying to survive. When all the adults and nymphs are eliminated there is a window of opportunity to eliminate the entire colony in successive removals of adolescent mites. In a typical 75 to 85 degree temperature greenhouse eggs hatch in about 8 days. Liquid Ladybug™ employs very effective aromatic organic plant oils to safely and rapidly kill spider mites and the hatching eggs. It doesn’t use any dangerous ingredients because toxic strength is not the clever way to stop this pest.

Liquid Ladybug™ is safe enough to use often, bare handed, without a mask and does not stain or damage surfaces. It is safe for the environment, people, pets and plants and can be used from seedling to harvest without affecting taste or quality of the crop.

Spider Mite Colonies

When an adult Spider Mite is allowed to survive to egg laying stage, a single mite can create enough subsequent mites that in turn lay eggs to produce one million eggs in a month. Mites are very small but lay up to 8 eggs per day. Seen below in the image is the three phases of mites, the egg, nymph (immature mite) and the adult males (pale) and female (dark spots) two spotted spider mites.

Adults, nymphs and eggs on leaf surface.

Adults, nymphs and eggs on leaf surface.

The Egg Phase

The eggs are very tough. It is not safe to use a chemical agent so strong it can kill mite eggs because of the risk to the grower and contamination of crops.

The eggs expand as the nymph inside grows in size and stretches the egg membrane. This growth process causes insults and tears to the egg that allows Liquid Ladybug™ to penetrate and suffocate the mite before it can hatch out. The nymphs are very susceptible to Liquid Ladybug™ at hatching. The aromatic oils and esters in Liquid Ladybug™ rapidly coat and are absorbed to suffocate the mite and dissolve its respiratory and digestive track.

Last days of egg growth at the time of hatch - showing maximum vulnerability on day 7.

Last days of egg growth at the time of hatch - showing maximum vulnerability on day 7.

Adult Egg-Laying Phase

Once mites reach the adult egg-laying phase they can stopped in their tracks by Liquid Ladybug™.

Adult Egg-Laying Mite

Adult Egg-Laying Mite

When adult mites are sprayed with Liquid Ladybug™ they are unable to remove the oils which are rapidly absorbed into their respiratory tract and digested organs; effectively stopping them in their tracks.

Therefore, the way to eliminate this pest is to:

First – Eradicate all the hatched mites at all phases of development to remove all the egg layers.

Second – Eradicate all the mites still in their eggs before they can hatch.

This then causes the reverse mathematical progression in the number of eggs over time and increases the likelihood that you will be successful in your control of this pest.

And remember, it will always be control. These pests come indoors on clothing, shoes, wind, dirt, new plants, anything and everything. At 1/10 mm in size and with their egg laying capacity they can establish a new colony rapidly.

Ultimately, the correct strategy for dealing with this pest is to be able to use a very safe agent; one that can be used often without harm to plant or animal, but decisively kills mites on contact. Only by killing the egg layers will you control this pest because dead mites can’t lay eggs.

Image Citation:
UGA5371008 – David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
5424184 – David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org