How to Kill Acari Bugs


Acari , a name given to small arachnids such as mites and ticks, live in a number of places with the capability of wreaking havoc on your life. Outdoor acari can often eat away at your plants and cause an otherwise healthy plant to die. Indoor acari can infest your, carpets, drapes, linens and cause skin irritations. Remove acari bugs from your property by utilizing insecticides and several other techniques around the home. Act fast, though, as these bugs reproduce and multiply quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Insecticidal soap
  • Pruning shears
  • Plastic bag
  • Neem oil
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Washing machine

Outdoor Acari Control

  • Inspect your outdoor plants for acari damage. Typical signs include stems and leaves that appear eaten.

  • Spray the soil and the plants with store-bought, plant-safe insecticidal soap. These soaps do not harm plants, so you may be liberal with the amount you spray. Spray leaves, petals, stems and soil for complete coverage. Alternatively, use store-bought acaricides such as diatomaceous earth to target acari bugs. Spread diatomaceous earth around infested areas to dehydrate and kill mites and ticks.

  • Remove extensively damaged leaves with pruning shears and remove dead plants. Discard these pieces in a plastic bag and tie tightly.

  • Continually inspect your garden to ensure the damage dissipates. If not, continue to spray insecticidal soap or add acaricide on and around infected plants as needed.

Indoor Acari Control

  • Spray indoor infected plants with insecticidal soap and prune any extensively damaged parts of your houseplants. Use neem oil as a safe indoor alternative to insecticidal soap. Apply to infected areas to kill both acari bugs and eggs.

  • Wash all sheets, linens, drapery and clothes in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit). The hot water kills all mites living on fabric materials.

  • Spray infected areas such as carpeting with a water and soap mixture. Combine 2 tablespoons of mild dish soap with 1 gallon of water and pour the mixture in a spray bottle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Extensive acari infestation may require fumigation. Contact a professional if continued acari control techniques remain ineffective.

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