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Old 04-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just saw some white miniature spiders under some leaves.
It was kind of dry air for over a week even though the soil was moist maybe that was the reason.
Usually like on one of my Icecream where only the oldest leave is attacked I just cut it off, same with the Dwarf Orinoco also cut off the infected leaf and usually that will help.
However my Dwarf Brazilian has it on half it leaves, granted most of the oldest leaves but should I really cut off the 5 out of 8 oldest leaves?

What else can I do since it is underneath the leaves making it hard to treat.
What can I treat it with or am I better off just taking off the infected leaves?

Should I water more maybe?

Any advice is welcome!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just saw some white miniature spiders under some leaves.
It was kind of dry air for over a week even though the soil was moist maybe that was the reason.
Usually like on one of my Icecream where only the oldest leave is attacked I just cut it off, same with the Dwarf Orinoco also cut off the infected leaf and usually that will help.
However my Dwarf Brazilian has it on half it leaves, granted most of the oldest leaves but should I really cut off the 5 out of 8 oldest leaves?

What else can I do since it is underneath the leaves making it hard to treat.
What can I treat it with or am I better off just taking off the infected leaves?

Should I water more maybe?

Any advice is welcome!
I don't think spiders are going to do any damage to bananas
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not just spiders but the pest that you get on house pants, especially when air is dry indoors.

So basically just leave it alone and not worry about it?
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Spider mites? They like dry conditions, but I think they are orange colored.
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If they are spider mites wash them off with water.
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Rub leaf with sponge soaked with water. They will surelly fall of.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Just what ya need:
Battling spider mites on my banana plant
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Home Brew Inscetiscide from Tobacco

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The most effective and safest product to use would be horticultural oil. It will smother the mites and their eggs and kill everything. It is approved for use on edibles.
Homemade tobacco concoctions are extremely toxic (to us, as well!). I wouldn't recommend using them at all, period.
Imidicloprid has been shown in many scientific studies to not only not kill the mites, but will actually kill off predators and stimulate increased egg production in the mites. Water alone and insecticidal soaps are useless on spider mites, unless you want to be treating your plant once a week for the life of the plant.
Also- spider mites can come in different colors!
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Bugs on my bananas...

If you see something in the home and garden store with the active ingredient Bifenthrin, that will kill them outright. But I wouldn't spray that inside the house. Since it is one plant in a house you might get away with soap and water on the leaves.
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Actually these bananas are outside and some are well over 6 feet by the pool so wiping them down is really hard.
Even spraying them would be tough hence I cut off the most infected leaves.
Luckily the Dwarf Brazilian that has the most leaves infected is just 3 feet so far.
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... Even spraying them would be tough hence I cut off the most infected leaves.
You're plants are going to be running out of leaves pretty dang fast at that rate!
An el-cheapo garden sprayer from Home Depot or your local ACE Hardware store will set you back $10 - $15, a couple cigars maybe a buck or three & some castile soap, a couple-few bucks.

Add a long sleeve shirt, gloves, eye protection & paper mask if you haven't been around tobacco before (just don't go washing your hands with the stuff or drenching yourself with it & you'll be fine as far as nicotine toxicity goes.)

The sprayer can be re-used for foliar fertilizing, if you have any need or desire to use that technique.
I would have no problem using a sprayer like that to hold drinking water after just a quick rinse; the stuff just isn't that toxic (to humans) in concentrations that tiny.
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You're plants are going to be running out of leaves pretty dang fast at that rate!
An el-cheapo garden sprayer from Home Depot or your local ACE Hardware store will set you back $10 - $15, a couple cigars maybe a buck or three & some castile soap, a couple-few bucks.

Add a long sleeve shirt, gloves, eye protection & paper mask if you haven't been around tobacco before (just don't go washing your hands with the stuff or drenching yourself with it & you'll be fine as far as nicotine toxicity goes.)

The sprayer can be re-used for foliar fertilizing, if you have any need or desire to use that technique.
I would have no problem using a sprayer like that to hold drinking water after just a quick rinse; the stuff just isn't that toxic (to humans) in concentrations that tiny.
Always best to spray in the evening
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