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How to Get Rid of Spider Mites in Creeping Inch Plant

Updated: May 9, 2022

Creeping inch plant, also known as Wandering Jew, is a popular houseplant that is loved for its easy care and beautiful appearance. However, like all plants, it can fall victim to pests, such as spider mites. Spider mites are tiny arachnids that feed on the sap of plants, causing damage to the leaves and stems. If left unchecked, they can kill your creeping inch plant. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of spider mites and prevent them from returning.

Identifying Spider Mites

Spider mites are tiny pests that are difficult to see with the naked eye. They are usually less than 1mm in size and have a round body with eight legs. You may notice tiny webs on the leaves of your creeping inch plant, which is a sign of spider mites. The leaves may also appear speckled or discolored.

Removing Spider Mites

The first step in getting rid of spider mites is to remove any affected leaves or stems from your creeping inch plant. Use a pair of sterilized scissors or pruning shears to cut off the affected parts. Be sure to dispose of them in a sealed bag or container to prevent the spider mites from spreading.

Next, wash the remaining parts of the plant with a mixture of water and dish soap. Use one tablespoon of dish soap for every quart of water. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture and gently wipe down the leaves and stems of your creeping inch plant. Be sure to pay extra attention to the undersides of the leaves, as this is where spider mites like to hide.

If the infestation is severe, you may need to use an insecticide specifically designed for spider mites. Look for products that contain neem oil, pyrethrin, or horticultural oil. Follow the instructions carefully and apply the insecticide to your creeping inch plant as directed.

Preventing Spider Mites

Once you have gotten rid of the spider mites, it is important to take steps to prevent them from returning. Here are some tips:

  • Keep your creeping inch plant well-watered and mist the leaves regularly. Spider mites thrive in dry conditions, so keeping the plant moist can help prevent an infestation.
  • Avoid over-fertilizing your creeping inch plant. Too much fertilizer can weaken the plant and make it more susceptible to pests.
  • Quarantine any new plants before introducing them to your creeping inch plant. This will help prevent any potential pests from spreading to your existing plants.
  • Inspect your creeping inch plant regularly for signs of spider mites or other pests. The earlier you catch an infestation, the easier it will be to get rid of.


Can spider mites harm me or my pets?

No, spider mites are not harmful to humans or pets. However, they can cause damage to your plants if left unchecked.

How do I know if my creeping inch plant has spider mites?

Look for tiny webs on the leaves and stems of the plant, as well as speckling or discoloration of the leaves.

Can I use vinegar to get rid of spider mites?

While vinegar may kill spider mites on contact, it is not a recommended method for getting rid of them. Vinegar can also damage the leaves of your creeping inch plant.

Will pruning my creeping inch plant help prevent spider mites?

Pruning can help remove any affected parts of the plant and reduce the risk of an infestation spreading. However, it is not a foolproof method for preventing spider mites.