For beginners and experienced gardeners, there are always many questions about growing a beautiful garden, vegetable garden or lawn. It is not always possible to grow plants quickly, at the expense of pests, and in particular bugs and mites, as well as weeds. In this article, we will discuss how to get rid of wood mites and bugs, once and for all.
What are wood mites and bugs?
Mites are tiny creatures that can be found all over the world. While most mites are harmless, there are a few species that can cause problems for humans and animals. One such species is the wood mite. Wood mites feed on the keratin in human skin and hair, causing rashes, itching, and other irritating symptoms. In this article, we will discuss how to get rid of wood mites using natural methods and commercial products.
The wood mite has a white or red body. Usually no more than 1/10th of an inch, which is very small. They can only be noticed when they have already multiplied a lot. They like damp wood and if they get established in your garden, they will be quite difficult to eradicate. Tree mites leave a trail behind them: characteristic white threads across the wood, or on the plants.
What is the difference between wood mites and termites?
Wood mites are spider mites in the genus Acarina, and termites are insects in the order Blattodea that feed on wood. Termites also differ in that they have larger white bodies than wood mites. Termites also have wings. Wood mites can cause minor damage to wooden furniture or floors, but termites can seriously damage or even destroy homes and other buildings.
How to get rid of tree mites?
Habitat of wood mites
The mandatory and first step in fighting tree mites is to find out where they live. The fact is that the little mites can live in the dust, in the trash you collect in the backyard, and in the stockpile of firewood. Wood mites may be more likely to live in wood stockpiles, especially if the wood is wet or damp.
Wood is infested much more often than other areas of the house and lawn due to the increased moisture. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that the firewood is stored properly, not standing on bare ground, and covered with a tarpaulin against rain. If the wood is fresh and it is going through the drying phase, it is important to check its condition from time to time.
Wood mites also live in the floorboards of the house, in kitchen and room furniture, in places with high humidity, in the bathroom and especially where there is mold.
Thorough cleaning of the house and lawn
Vacuum, clean and dust the house thoroughly on a weekly basis. Cover mattresses with thick mattress covers. Mow grass and trim shrubs away from the house to reduce the outdoor mite population, which can enter during warm weather or after heavy rains.
It’s important to wash your bedding in the machine in hot water to kill ticks. It is also advisable to run the laundry through the dryer afterwards. Hot water, which is destructive to wood mites, is good for washing floors and furniture.
Essential oils against tree mites
There are several essential oils that can be effective in getting rid of wood mites. Tea tree oil is one such option because it has natural insecticidal properties. Another option is lavender oil, which also acts as a pesticide. Mixing any of these oils with water and spraying this mixture on infested areas will help get rid of the mites.
There is a good blend based on essential oils:
Mix 1 teaspoon of clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree oil together. Add one 250 ml cup of water to the infusion and pour the finished mixture into a sprayer. The sprayer should be of darkened material, because essential oils tend to be destroyed by sunlight. Spray the infusion on all surfaces in the house, or on firewood. Repeat this treatment several times until the mites disappear.
Apple cider vinegar against tree mites
Apple cider vinegar is a natural, effective and non-toxic home remedy that can be used to repel indoor mites. It contains acetic acid, which is quite toxic to wood mites, making it an effective remedy against these pests. You will only need to buy apple cider vinegar at your local market or grocery store.
To make the mixture more effective, you need to mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup borax, and then add 1/2 cup hot water in a sprayer. After mixing, shake the solution well and then spray on the infected areas, every three days, for 1-2 weeks.
Baking soda against tree mites
Baking soda is an effective natural remedy against wood mites. It is also very easy to use: simply add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of water and spray the mixture on plants infested with wood or spider mites. This way, you can kill any wood mites that are currently living on your plants, furniture or firewood.
Insecticide against tree mites
The following insecticides are suitable for the control of wood mites. Insecticide against wood mites – Pyrethrins: Pyrethrins are natural plant extracts that contain a neurotoxin and thus paralyze the pests. They are a group of contact toxins, which means that they act only by direct contact with insects and do not accumulate in the body.
There are stronger insecticides that contain dangerous chemical components. Always wear protective gear to use them so as not to damage your skin, eyes and respiratory tract.
These substances are used when a wood mite infestation is very extensive.
Heat the wood infested with wood mites
Heating firewood can help kill mites and their eggs. Heat firewood to at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours until all insects are dead. You will need a special stove for this, which is available from the people at the lumber yard.
After the wood has been heated, you need to give it time to cool. Afterwards, take a stiff cleaning brush and start cleaning the wood of dead bugs and spider webs. Afterwards, take sandpaper and sand the wood. Then you need to apply an insecticide that fights the mite and then wood sealant to the wood.