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AllTheWayLive
Feb 22, 2018 12:14 PM CST
The last couple weeks, I've noticed tiny, red, greasy specks/droppings on the leaves of my potted Ponderosa lemon tree. They mirror Thrip droppings but they are red and smear when wiped.
I sprayed most of the leaves clean last evening but this morning, they were back.
As of now, they don't seem to be harming the leaves or tree.
There are new blossoming fruit flowers.
Can anyone identify and tell me about these bugs?
Are they harming the tree?
I'm thinking on a good pruning to see if it resolves the issue.

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MzBlack
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Zencat
Feb 22, 2018 2:50 PM CST
Those look like spider mites to me. Wipe them off or squirt them off with a spray of water.
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AllTheWayLive
Feb 22, 2018 3:22 PM CST
Zencat said:Those look like spider mites to me. Wipe them off or squirt them off with a spray of water.

Thank you!
I guessed at spider mites but never see any webbing.
I squirted water on the leaves again today.
As long as it's just unsightly but not harmful, I don't think I will prune, just yet.
I agree Thank You! Hurray!
MzBlack
Name: Bill
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BigBill
Feb 22, 2018 7:15 PM CST
The spider mites are not going to be deterred by squirting water, assuming that is what you have.
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ctcarol
Feb 22, 2018 7:45 PM CST
I agree with Bill. I've tried just hosing them off and they just laugh at me. It takes at least soapy water...if not insecticide.
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AllTheWayLive
Feb 22, 2018 11:25 PM CST
Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew solved the problem.
That stuff is fantastic.
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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Feb 23, 2018 3:15 AM CST
I searched for Dave's Dead Bug Brew. I found bug brew, but not by this name? Can you tell me a little about this miracle brew?
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Feb 23, 2018 5:46 AM CST
Bayer's 3 in 1 available in any garden center should also help. 3 applications a week to ten days apart.
"Our children are the messages we send to a time that we will never see."
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AllTheWayLive
Feb 23, 2018 11:56 AM CST
lauriebasler said:I searched for Dave's Dead Bug Brew. I found bug brew, but not by this name? Can you tell me a little about this miracle brew?

Correction.
Captain Jacks Dead bug brew.
I originally bought it for thrips on my ficus. The thrips were gone in hours.
So were the spider mites from yesterday.
Spinosad is the active.ingredient.
I like Captain Jacks because you can spray for insects and still harvest and consume in a very short period of time. Very short.
Sorry for the incorrect name.

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MzBlack
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Feb 23, 2018 12:24 PM CST
Thank you so much. I have seen it at stores and wondered.

So glad it worked so fast. I am in need of replacing some things that are old.

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