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Jun 14, 2020 8:10 PM CST
Pittsburgh, PA
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?
The bugs:

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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:


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Jun 15, 2020 1:10 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Your soil looks too wet to me for an aloe. I have never seen a aloe attacked by the bad kind of spider mites. However the eriophyid mite will show up from time to time. They don't do much damage to aloes but you can use some insecticidal soap or neem if they bother you.
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Jun 24, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Pittsburgh, PA
I haven't seen them in a while, actually! And it was just wet after applying soapy water and a bit of rubbing alcohol. I think it's fine now. What's the difference between spider mites and eriophyids? I didn't see any webs on my plant if that helps!
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