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    So I have this tiny brown or tan like teeny bug on one of my plants and they are killing it!!!!! I thought maybe an aphid, but what is with this spider web stuff they are using as bridges? I thought it was a spider web but on closer investigation I believe THEY are making the webs and it's actually silk....! They are moving and traveling on them! I've used Ortho bug stuff which I hate to even use, but they just came back- and within a couple of days. If they land on you they bite too.

    Please help me identify this bug and help me get rid of them before my cerrano plant dies


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    These are spider mites Lisa Just googled how to get rid of them it says to spray them off with a hose and then treat with a sulfur pesticide or neem oil extract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dozersmama View Post
    These are spider mites Lisa Just googled how to get rid of them it says to spray them off with a hose and then treat with a sulfur pesticide or neem oil extract.
    Just googled and found them, that is definately what they are! THANK YOU!!!
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    Funny most of the photos I see are marijuana plants what is up with that? Do these mites like to get high?
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    Ok I decided to try Diatomaceous Earth upon recommendation of Todd (marine91) because I wanted something not complicated yet not chemicals. Fingers crossed it works, because if it does, not only was it inexpensive to buy, but I have a ton of it!

    I found this link on D.E. and this is what sold me on trying it. I'll post up if it works. You should see how many of these webs showed up when I started sprinkling it all over my plant! Poor plant is covered with them!
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    I have used D.e very successfully in the past. It is safe but try not to inhale it and make sure to rinse it off any food and your hands it is very drying to skin/ irritating. You wont die if you don't but you will be slathering on lotion for days. De should work because it effects the exoskeleton. Hopefully your poor plant can be saved. As for the pot... not sure maybe those are just the most serious gardeners or maybe spider mites are heathens.

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    Also it probably wouldn't hurt to treat the any plants surrounding this one. and maybe the ground a bit? Just to prevent them from jumping ship and infecting other plans in the garden .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dozersmama View Post
    Also it probably wouldn't hurt to treat the any plants surrounding this one. and maybe the ground a bit? Just to prevent them from jumping ship and infecting other plans in the garden .
    Yes I went ahead and treated all my plants in the greenhouse. I've seen these on my other plants but they are not infesting. They are all in pots on a cement floor in a greenhouse (we just finished building this greenhouse this week). The plants were moved and put on the ground and got infested with bugs during the transition. My poor babies! But they are looks so awesome in the past couple days since the move into the new gh, they love having room to grow! Except for my cerrano of course.

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    Okay my Serranos coming back so that's great news, but I do notice some minor spiderwebs on on my other plants, so now I'm paranoid. Is having some spiders actually good for greenhouse plants? @dozersmama


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    Ok my battle with spider mites has not been going well.

    Ended up killing the entire ecosystem so the mites took over all my plants. Went with the Neem Oil spray but dang that is expensive so found some Neem Oil that we could mix with dish soap, and that has been going OK but still not working 100% so now, I just got a package of Lady Bugs in the mail, yes, real live lady bugs! Since they are ok with Neem Oil hopefully this will work and also the Dimatacious Earth I put down a month ago will not hurt them.
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    DE will hurt your Lady Bugs. Rinse your plants of DE...

    SOAPY WATER (1 T Dawn to a quart of water) in a squirt bottle will drop Spider Mites.

    You can also check to see if beneficial nematodes will address the eggs or larvae of the Spider Mites. I use BN often and keep a colony of them in my crisper drawer for emergencies! LOL!

    Imma gonna go hug a tree now...

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    I should've hugged a tree in the first place, I think my ecosystem is starting to come back and controlling the mites and this has been a learning experience. Now we know we must have good bugs in order to get rid of the bad ones. However all the ladybugs flew away anyway LOL


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    Where do I get nematodes from?


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    You can order them from Amazon or drop by your local greenhouse/garden center...


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