Sunday, March 16, 2008


Man, I'm so annoyed! I watered my plants last night and guess what I found running all over the top of one of them? Little, white, tiny, fast moving mites. I found this pic of one that most resembles my little beasts on the website I have linked to "mites" above. I rinsed my plant and am now in the process of trying to figure out what to do with this small problem, at this point anyway. I did read where someone said you should rinse or wash your plants regularly, recommending dish soap mixed with water for ridding yourself of spider mites. I wish I would have saved the link to that site. I can't find it now, but I'll go through my history and see if I can find it. Anyway, I'm pretty sure it's mites. I also have some of those pesty flies, but I always seem to have that problem. I pulled off all dead foliage and cleaned the plant up a bit. We'll see how it goes. For now, there aren't too many and the only damage I've seen is sort of dried out parts on the plant, sort of rust colored.


Donna said...

Ewww, I hope you are able to clear them up. I hate finding pesky little buggers on my plants. I thought I had spider mites on my Chocolate Solider because I was finding webs on it every morning, but it turns out it was just a spider. Maybe you have two-spotted spider mites because they are white and from what I've read, quite common in greenhouse plants. On that note, I'm going to go check my plants for bugs.

Julie said...

Hey Kelly! I just thought you hadn't posted in a long while due to school!!! Glad to find you! I missed ya!!!
Soapy water solution should help you.

Kelly said...

I'm thinking maybe it was a two-spotted mite, but I haven't seen anymore. I really need to do what you said about using rubbing alcohol with water. I need to pick up a water bottle. There aren't a ton thank goodness!

Hey dirty six-letter word. Ask Donna...I've been feeling bonkers with all the work! I'm looking foward to Spring Break...I'm trying to get caught up on all my school work, so I don't have to do it while on vacation!