Spider Mites - Can Use Plant?

Mint    Boyertown, PA

I have a very irritating infestation of spider mites. I had started my mint varieties indoors early spring before planting outside. In my plant room I had a spider mite explosion and moved many plants affected outside, bathing sensitive plants in the tub. I also had a problem with fungus gnats, so I repotted everything. Most had recovered...until I wasn't careful with a gifted plant.

Upon harvest of the mint this morning I felt itchy. I looked at my hands and they and my arms were covered in hundreds of mites!

I use the mint fresh for tea, rather than drying it. What can I do that is safe for consumption to control other than spraying with water, which I already do?

Also, can I use this harvest after a proper wash off or might I injest some creepy crawlies? Too gross for me!

Posted by: Ashleigh (1 point) Ashleigh
Posted: July 12, 2016


I am not sure that the pest on your plant are mites or aphids. Generally you can apply diatomaceous earth powder or spray neem oil or canola oil to control this pests. Repeat the application every 7 to 10 days.
Please see the below link to know how to prepare canola oil spray.

The infestation look like very recent, since there is no visible symptoms on leaves. So you are good to use fresh mint leaves but like as you said it need proper wash.

Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (11 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: July 12, 2016

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