I've had this aloe for well over 5 years now, and the bottom-most leaf started drying from the tip-inwards, most likely dying from old age. I let it go for a while until the whole leaf was ready to be removed. I took off the leaf by lightly pulling it off last night, but I found small bugs around the soil! I think they might be spider mites, but I don't see any webs, unless I found them before they can make any webs. Do you have any advice on identifying these pests if they're not spider mites and what products to use to kill them?
I sprayed the area with a hydrogen peroxide mix, but I don't want to worry about hurting my plant with this open wound or anything. Here's more of what the wound looks like: