Definition - What does Miticide mean?
A miticide is a chemical pesticide that specifically targets plant mites. Mites are tiny insects that are closely related to spiders and ticks. There are several types of mites, and once established in a plant host they can damage the health of the plant. Additionally, mites can transmit viruses and diseases to your plants. Mites can be treated with both broad-spectrum and narrow-spectrum miticides.
MaximumYield explains Miticide
There are several different types of mites that can affect both indoor and outdoor plants, ranging in size and color. One of the most common and easiest to recognize are spider mites. They produce fine webbing and will feed from a wide variety of plants. Other mites, such as the spruce mite, or honey locust spider mite, target specific plants. Managing these pests is crucial to preventing widespread contamination of a garden or houseplant.
Miticides often vary in the mites they target and the quickness of their kill rate. It is important for gardeners to know what type of mites their plants are infested with before selecting a particular miticide. Although mites can be treated with a broad-spectrum pesticide, these chemicals can affect beneficial insects as well as those being targeted.
Most miticides are available in spray form, and when using them it is important to focus the spray of the miticide to the undersides of plant leaves. This is particularly important to miticides that must come in direct contact with the mite in order to kill it.