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Old 12-11-2021, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Help, are these spider mites??

Just noticed tiny white insects all over my Veranda Banana and some webbing at the very tip of the leaves, also some small orangish/red buggers too. I moved this plant indoors before it got cold and never saw anything like this until now. I had been misting daily for humidity, so maybe that's what brought these on. Any tips to get rid of them? insecticidal soap mixed with water okay?

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Default Re: Help, are these spider mites??

There are lots of posts on here as you are not alone in the fight against the spider mite army, I use a neem oil, washing-up liquid and warm water mix it works great, if you can take plant outside so you can spray each leaf ( top and bottom)and repeat a few days later....I love the smell of neem oil but it will make a mess inside.

Mine get sprayed a day or two before bringing them indoors and every month or so.
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There are lots of posts on here as you are not alone in the fight against the spider mite army, I use a neem oil, washing-up liquid and warm water mix it works great, if you can take plant outside so you can spray each leaf ( top and bottom)and repeat a few days later....I love the smell of neem oil but it will make a mess inside.

Mine get sprayed a day or two before bringing them indoors and every month or so.
Thanks for the reply. After posting I did notice the other threads. I happened to have some Dr Bonner Castile soap leftover from the summer so I mixed a tablespoon of that with water in a spray bottle and soaked each leaf. I noticed it killed a lot but some were still moving around later. I'll have to get some Neem.

It's far too cold to take it outside now, sadly. I'm in zone 6b. Brrr.
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Just noticed tiny white insects all over my Veranda Banana and some webbing at the very tip of the leaves, also some small orangish/red buggers too. I moved this plant indoors before it got cold and never saw anything like this until now. I had been misting daily for humidity, so maybe that's what brought these on. Any tips to get rid of them? insecticidal soap mixed with water okay?

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I get a flare up occasionally indoors and out.
Mites will travel from host to host....treat everything close.
Spray the soil, pots and saucers too.....they hide everywhere🪴

Spray your plants in the shower or tub to avoid a mess.....you can leave them in there for a few days till you think you have all under control.

You may take your plants outside for a short time to do your spraying as long as it not freezing.

Use neem with caution because it can damage/smother your plant if applied heavily.
Most garden insecticides will control them also......
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I get a flare up occasionally indoors and out.
Mites will travel from host to host....treat everything close.
Spray the soil, pots and saucers too.....they hide everywhere🪴

Spray your plants in the shower or tub to avoid a mess.....you can leave them in there for a few days till you think you have all under control.

You may take your plants outside for a short time to do your spraying as long as it not freezing.

Use neem with caution because it can damage/smother your plant if applied heavily.
Most garden insecticides will control them also......
Great tips, thank you!
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This usually occurs when there is a lot of humidity. You need to take care of it by mixing some fertilizers or chicken manure. Also, do spray your plant with some good insect killers.
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This usually occurs when there is a lot of humidity. You need to take care of it by mixing some fertilizers or chicken manure. Also, do spray your plant with some good insect killers.
I kind of figured I was overdoing it with the spritzing of water. I cut back on that. Good news is the insecticidal soap spray I made with water and Dr. Bonner's Castile soap seems to have worked after a couple of additional sprays, so I'll stick with that for now if they come back.

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