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Nov 8, 2013 5:03 PM CST
|Less say i live in the woods & have removed spiders from my plants before bringing them inside but i could see them.
This one was simply relocated.
The problem i'm having now is as i have started to bring my plants inside i have noticed webs in my plants example in my desert rose, both of them.I put them next to each other on my dresser in front of a window.I seen the web and my first thought was cob webs because the web isn't like any i've seen before.It just wrapped around the plants trunk & between stems.I take a q-tip & get the webs off the plants.I didn't see a spider for a long time,i kept taking the q-tips to the plant and one day the web was between the 2 pots.I removed the web and took a wet wipe & cleaned around the top of the pots paying attention to under the rim.That was when i seen this teeny tiny spider i think,you couldn't really look at it between it's small size & how fast it was.I managed to smoosh it with my finger.I guess there was more than 1 because the web is back in the plant this morning.
I also have these webs between the leaves of my jade's, epi's,easter cactus and a campfire plant.I am going to treat all of these except anything that will bloom outside with a systemic insecticide.At first i thought that the spiders were simply outside creatures that took up residency in my plants & i figured they were helping catch bad bugs so no harm was being done.But, last year I didn't notice the webs, i brought my plants inside in a hurry.I hang my plants & have other on shelves in front of a bay window.I ended up with webs in the windows & i didn't notice it because it was behind so many plants, until one morning there was what seemed like hundreds of these little dots on webs in front of the 3 windows that make up the bay.Took a lot of work & a long time to get rid of so many spiders.
I don't want a repeat of last year.
QUESTION: Could i be dealing with spider mites & how can you tell if spider mites are doing any damage to your plants?What are more signs of spider mites? How can i kill them?
The only other thing i have seen on any plant is a leaf on 1 desert rose looked lacy,i pulled it off & found a small green worm on the under side of the leaf,only the one worm has been found.
I was re-potting an epi & found what looks like eggs on the outside of the soil up against the pot??I have no idea what would lay eggs there, a "spider"?
I am sorry my post is so long.Any advice,opinions anything is very much appreciated!!!
I made a post on another forum & was told i would get more answers here the other post is
The thread "bringing plants in for the winter without the spiders!!??" in Houseplants forum
A green thumb comes only as a result of the mistakes you make while learning to see things from the plants point of view!!
Nov 8, 2013 7:49 PM CST
|It sounds like it could indeed be spider mites. This video will show you spider mites at work: http://plantgasm.com/archives/4743. This site has a good picture of the webs: http://www.marinrose.org/spidermites.html and there is more information on the control of spider mites here: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05507.html . Please let us know if the web is the same as you are seeing.
The eggs look like they could possibly be snail eggs. I had a bad infestation of these earlier this year in my potted plants and it looked similar.
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