The last couple of weeks I have found white webbing on many types of surfaces in my garden, especially in cracks and crevices, between pots and under shelves and garden furniture. The last few days it seems these webs have almost exploded in amount. I keep removing them when I see them, but the next day I come out in the garden, they are there again, on the same place or in a new place. I have now also started to find them between plants and between the leaves on plants.
After a thorough search on the Internet I must admit I am still not sure what it is I have so I hope I can get help to solve this. Is it spider mites waking up from their winter sleep? Or is it just an unusual amount of spiders, unusually early on? I have tried to look carefully on the webs in my garden, and I can’t see anything moving – and believe me I have really LOOKED. But in some of them there are tiny white or yellow dots, they are completely still. Are they eggs? Of what? Some of the webs are empty, with just debris that has flown past and attached itself to it.
I had an unusually bad infestation of spider mites last summer, when we had the hot, dry weather, and although I got control over it when the weather cooled down, I suppose I might still have lots of offspring lurking around in the garden, waking up about now? But having in mind how wet we have had it lately, it doesn’t really look like spider mite weather to me outside….
I hope my photos can help with identifying what I got, as this is driving me nuts. It is very unsightly, but I am also worried for another infestation of my plants with all the work that involves – and ultimately loss of plants. Apart from all that, I am also worried about passing on any infestations to people I swap plants with so it would be great to get an answer to what’s happening in my garden.
I use an oil based spray for spider mites, if this is spider mites, should I spray EVERYTHING with that, including cracks, crevices, (wooden) fences and containers? If it isn’t spider mites, what should I do to get rid of this?
Thanks for your help.