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Spider mites destroy plant cells by sucking out their contents, and Mite-Rid works by providing a barrier which is harmless to the plant, but fatal to the mites. Some of the components of Mite-Rid are also absorbed by the plant and then suppress the life cycle of the mites.
Mite-Rid uses a unique formula of botanical oils, including neem, garlic, eucalyptus plus surfactants to provide a protective barrier against many leaf eating pests, and most effectively, the Spider Mite.
The main active ingredient, neem oil, contains a limonoid called azadirachtin which has steroids (campesterol, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol) which interrupt the normal hormonal balance of mites, suppressing its reproductive cycle. The neem oil used in Mite-Rid is cold pressed, as only oil of this quality will contain these steroids.
Mite-Rid is a fully bio-degradable miticide, is not toxic to animals, and under normal use will not affect the plant’s metabolism. Highly effective against two-spotted and red mites, Mite-Rid is also reporting success with Eriophyid mites such as the “Fuschia Gall Mite” which is endemic to parts of California and also known as the “Mendo” or “Mendocino mini”,
Mite-Rid comes in a concentrate form, and the 45ml bottle mixes with water to make 18 litres (32.7 pints) of mite killing spray.
One thorough application is usually enough, but heavy infestations may require two, as the tiny eggs can be a bit more resilient; so we recommend a second application in these cases. (Note: It is advisable not to use Mite-Rid in conjunction with biological controls like predatory mites!)