Assuming it's spider mites, is there a DIY treatment that I can use to eliminate, or control, the spider webs on my Alocasia plant? I cleaned each leaf a few days ago, and it's already coming back. I have other Alocasia plants, and I'm worried they'll also be infected.

Here are some pics of its leaves before cleaning them:

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This is spider mites and the evidence is:

  • pale webbing
  • small dots the size of a grain of salt on the leaves that move
  • patchy appearance of the leaves where the mites have eaten

A simple but effective treatment plan is:

  • fill the sink or a small container with 5 ml dish soap/1 liter water
  • get a cloth or rag and soak it in soap solution
  • wipe the top and bottom of every leaf and stem with the soapy cloth
  • wait a few minutes for the soap to clog the breathing spiracles of the mites and then wash or rinse the soap off the leaves

The most important part is to repeat this at least three times at five to seven day intervals so any eggs which hatch are caught by the next application


Here is a reasonable website.

Identifying them is not automatic. Get a magnifying glass and have a good look. The webs are indicative. You should be able to see the adults with a good magnifier. They will look a bit like spiders, eight legs, etc.

Getting rid of them: round up the usual suspects.

Get rid of any stress on the plant. Make sure it's not near an air vent, hot or cold. Make sure it has the right water, light, soil, and fertilizer. Check if it's root bound and find out if this type of plant likes to be root bound. Remove leaf litter and any dead vegetable matter on the soil surface.

Remove any dead leaves. Think about removing any heavily damaged parts of the plant, though consider how much of the plant is safe to remove.

Dispose carefully all the stuff you remove. It may have eggs etc. on it, so make sure it is bagged up carefully. You don't want this stuff re-infecting your plants.

The web site suggests that spraying heavily with chemical poisons is a problem because it kills all insects. Some insects eat the mites.

Start with spraying plain old water. If it's possible for you, you can take it outside and give it a good wash.

Ask your local garden center what the correct non-poison thing to spray is for this type of plant. There are oils and soaps that can be effective while being non-toxic. Though even these you probably want to avoid loading up the soil. You may want to apply the soap (or whatever), wait a day or two, then give the plant a wash. Let it dry. And give it another spray with soap. Having the leaves covered with a thick layer of dried soap may not be great for the plant.

When you spray the plant, be sure to lift the leaves and get all sides, and the stems.

If you have a heavily affected portion of the plant you can spot-treat with chemical poison. Read that label carefully before buying. And again before applying. Make sure you are not poisoning yourself, your family, your pets, etc.


Firstly, be sure to verify that they are spider mites. Look for small, crawling insects within the webbing using a magnifying glass or the zoom function on your camera.

Secondly, you'll want to clean and repot the entire plant, including washing off the roots and replanting them in new, confirmed pest-free, soil. Next, you'll want to mix one part 91% isopropyl and one part water in a spray bottle and spray the plant daily for two to three weeks. This solution will smell bad, but it will not burn the plant even when in a direct sun window.

This should help your problem, even if it isn't spider-mites, as the isopropyl will melt away the exoskeleton of most insects and kill most of the remaining eggs should there be any.

  • This almost sounds like chatgpt. Could you please share proof that IPA will melt exoskeletons. Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 19:46

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