Spider mites are not true insects, but are classed as a type of arachnid, relatives of spiders, ticks and scorpions. Adults are reddish brown or pale in color, oval-shaped and very small (1/50 inch long).
Mites live in colonies, mostly on the underside of leaves, and feed by piercing leaf tissue and sucking up the plant fluids. Feeding marks show up as light dots on the leaves. As feeding continues, the leaves turn yellow and may dry up and drop off.
Spider mites are most common in hot, dry conditions, especially where their natural enemies have been killed off by insecticide use. Some of the many species common in North America are predators of the plant-feeding mites, which make up the vast majority. They are also very prolific, which is why heavy infestations often build up unnoticed before plants begin to show damage.
Chemical pesticide use actually encourages the spread of spider mites by killing the beneficial insects that prey on them. Mites are also known to develop quick resistance to various pesticides. For these reasons, it’s important to control mites with effective natural and organic methods.
Management strategies must take into account the fast development time of this pest, especially during warm weather when eggs are laid continuously. Just targeting the adults will do little good if eggs and larvae survive. Repeat treatments are almost always necessary. The use of leaf shines and washes helps control and prevent further infestations.
Pour 2 large heaping tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper into 1 gallon of boiling water. Turn off the heat, stir well, put a lid on the pan let it set until cool. Filter out all solid material that will plug up your sprayer, add enough dish soup to make the liquid stick to plant leaves, spray on the under side of plant leaves.
Determine what type bugs you really have? This might work on your bugs. I have never tried Cayenne Pepper spray has anyone here tried it? I'm not sure I trust Cayenne Pepper it might kill all the plants? Coffee spray seems to work good.