How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Ficus Benjamina

Spider Mites on Ficus Benjamina

Sometimes your Ficus benjamina (or a weeping fig) can lose its leaves – they turn yellow and drop. Spider mites – small, red insects that suck the sap of the tree – are a common reason of this problem.

To determine if there are any of these Ficus benjamina pests, shake the branches above a piece of paper. If the dust particles on it start moving around, you have them.

To kill spider mites follow the instructions:
Mix 1/2 tsp of dish soap with 1 q of warm water. Spray the entire plant with this solution, and let it dry. Do this every 3 days.

Take the tree outside or place it in the shower and rinse it with lukewarm water, especially the bottom of the leaves. Check up on any spider mites on Ficus benjamina, and repeat the process every week.
If nothing helps, apply an insecticide containing bifenthrin to the plant (follow the directions on the label).