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Phamdjenny
May 5, 2020 6:05 PM CST
Hi! My mom recently bought me a money tree, and besides the fungus gnats, I noticed these very fast crawlers on the pot and in the soil. They don't seem to love light since they get active when i shine a bright light in it. I threw the tree in the shower and was able to get this pic. I don't see any webs so I'm not sure if it's a red spider mite? They're pretty visible to the eye. Please help! I just watered it with a mix of water, peroxide and dish soap to try to help, and have it a spray of neem oil.
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
May 5, 2020 6:19 PM CST
Tiny red bugs are usually spider mites, sounds like you did what you could with them...only other help MIGHT be a soak fully under water with 1 part unscented bleach and 9 parts water for 10 to 15 min. Then rinse with clean water and set in sun to dry. I would HATE having spider mite babies(chiggers) in my home, shudder Welcome!
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rosebuddy2
May 6, 2020 6:01 AM CST
Seems awful large for a spider mite unless you were able to get an extreme closeup. They are usually on the leaves of the plant and the first sign of your plant being infested is usually the webbing on the leaves and stems.
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Philadelphia, PA
Phamdjenny
May 6, 2020 7:37 AM CST
rosebuddy2 said:Seems awful large for a spider mite unless you were able to get an extreme closeup. They are usually on the leaves of the plant and the first sign of your plant being infested is usually the webbing on the leaves and stems.


Ever since I got the plant, I have been inspecting under the leaves and never say any eggs or webbing. I only spotted these when I saw them crawling around on the pot. And you're right they are pretty big which is why I was hesitant to think that they are spider mites. I've dealt with mites on my white BOP
before and they never crawled as quickly as these suckers.

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WillC
May 6, 2020 7:46 AM CST
Those are not spider mites that live only on plant leaves as rosebuddy2 has pointed out. They are not critters commonly associated with indoor plants. I suspect they are a pest that is common to your area.

NEVER use even very dilute bleach on your plants!
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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kittriana
May 6, 2020 11:33 AM CST
It's not my formula Will. It was from an old gardening site and used by Master Gardeners. Bleach these days is concentrated tho, so would be hard to recalculate that formula...
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plantladylin
May 6, 2020 11:57 AM CST
There are different types of spider mites but the Red Spider Mite is apparently a common pest that affects Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) They are very tiny insects that are difficult to see with the human eye. One sure sign of mites is fine webbing beneath the leaves and sometimes the eggs are visible; they look like tiny, microscopic little pearls.

One way to find out if spider mites is what's affecting your plant is to hold a piece of white paper beneath the leaves and shake them over the paper. If there are spider mites present, they will fall onto the paper and run to hide beneath the paper.

Here's an older article on site, regarding spider mites: https://garden.org/learn/artic...

Photos of Red Spider Mites on this page: https://www.google.com/search?...
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