Hoe kom ik van Spint af? - Het LED Warenhuis

How do I get rid of Spint?

All about Spint

Spider mite is a microscopic creature with eight legs and is related to the mites and arachnids. Spider mites live on your plant and suck the sap out. Are you getting all the jitters? Then don't read any further...

Help, spider! How is this possible?

Getting spider mites or not can have many causes, such as too low humidity or poor lighting. In many homes, the humidity is too low for a number of average houseplants. The low humidity increases the risk of spider mites. Not every plant is sensitive to spider mites, some plants never suffer from spider mites because the mite simply does not feel comfortable here. The Ficus almost always suffers from spider mites, so you can't always do something about it. Here are some more causes of spider mites:

  • Poor maintenance resulting in a reduced resistance of your plant
  • Old (potting) soil, with 'exhausted' soil, the plant is much more susceptible to spider mites
  • Insufficient fertilization
  • Shortage of water
  • Bad light

How do you get rid of Spint?

In fact, spider mite is a parasite and since your plant is affected, it is also seen as a plant disease. The eggs of the spider mites can survive in the soil of the plant. A little spider mite won't hurt, but if you really want to get rid of it, simply removing the plant and putting a new one down isn't enough. In the case of spider mites, replace not only the plant, but also the (potting) soil and ensure that the pot is cleaned properly before you use it again.

Space, water and air

To prevent your new tomato crop (example) from coming into contact with spider mites again, you can preferably give the plant more space, so make sure you have a larger pot and fertilize your plant regularly. Rainwater instead of plain water can also work wonders, because it contains more natural enzymes that your plants will like anyway. In the end there is something like in us: in every indoor plant there is also a little 'outside'. To keep the humidity good, you can regularly sprinkle the plant with water using a plant sprayer.


Too much or too little light can affect spider mites, with an overkill of light your plant doesn't get enough time to recover and this gives our arachnid friend a better chance. Provide a balanced light pattern. This is also possible with LED grow lighting.

Fight biologically

You can also fight it biologically. You can do this by placing predatory mites and gall midges on the leaf. These critters can be purchased from horticultural wholesalers.

Home, garden and kitchen tips

You can combat this by spraying the leaves with a strong jet of water if the plant can handle it. You can also touch the sapwood with spirit - use a brush or a cotton swab. You can even put the plant outside for a few weeks so that nature can do its job. Place the plant in such a way that snails cannot reach it. Finally, you can also go to the garden center for various resources and advice.

Would you like to know more about how LED grow lights can contribute to a healthier plant? The LED Warenhuis is happy to help you with the right advice. Feel free to contact us.