Spider mites trees and shrubs closeup of spruce spider mite mites are not insects but are related to ticks and spiders adult mites have one sac like body region lack a distinct head and have 8 legs spider mites feed only on plants and are very small about the size of a period on this page there are many different species of spider . Spider mites like hot dry climates so keeping the area well watered may discourage the mites from coming to call on your fruit trees watering keeps dust down and keeps the roots moist and also helps cool the air around the tree. Spider mites damage trees by sucking sap from the underside of the leaves the bite marks appear as a yellow speckled pattern on the top and bottom of the leaf as the season progresses and the temperature becomes hotter and dryer above 70 degrees f the population of spider mites will increase exponentially and can rapidly defoliate a tree . The mites often cluster on the undersides of leaves spider tree mites are eight legged arachnids that belong to the same class as spiders and are closely related to ticks like spiders they will produce webbing on the plant. Among them are citrus red mites texas citrus mites and rust mites which are some of the most prevalent learn how to kill mites on citrus trees to prevent the spread of the pests and increase your crop yields
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