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What are some pest control tips for dwarf spruce shrubs?

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There are several chemical and non-chemical remedies for controlling pests, particularly spider mites, on dwarf spruce trees, according to the Illinois Extension Service. However, the best way to avoid a spider mite infestation is to make sure the dwarf spruce is not stressed by overly wet conditions.

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The first step is to make sure the problem is indeed spider mites. To check, simply hold a white piece of paper under a branch and shake the tree, says the Penn State Extension Service. The dark mites show up against the white background.

Next, you can either apply a chemical spray specifically for mites or a non-chemical remedy such as water or insecticidal oils. You can also use a biological control such as predatory mites or lacewings, according to the UC Davis Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

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