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Old 03-16-2018, 06:33 PM #1
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Mite ID

Can anyone ID this mite? They are very small and appear to have long hairs on them. I run rockwool (Capn Style) and they are in my roots and on the pots. None on the stems or leaves. Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2018, 12:28 AM #3
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Yes it does. Vimeo is worse.

Doesn't look like a classic pest. Any plant damage or symptom?
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:50 PM #4
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Mikell,

Yes I am seeing some issues at week 6 of flower. Plants have noticeably less bud mass than previous runs of the same genetics which is what led me to look at the roots for pests.

I had an entomologist identify the mite as Tyrophagus (mould mite) and said it is NOT a plant pest.

I would have to disagree as I can definitely see a reduction in yield.

They are only in my flowering plants...nothing in veg room. Yet
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Shot in the dark, but perhaps similar to fungus gnats? Re: the pathogen is effecting the plant and the insect is along for a meal ticket.

How severe is the infestation?

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Old 03-25-2018, 07:18 PM #6
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Doubt it regarding the pathogen/insect scenario.

I run sterile and do not overfeed/overwater and would be able to see mold or fungus under the microscope if it was there.

Just these bastards....nothing else.

At this point I would consider them opportunistic....in that they probably would go for something other than my roots for a food source if it was there.

Full sterilization of this room after this run and I will be treating my veg plants just to be sure they are gone.

Thanks for the help
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Attempt at help. Be interested to read any results or discoveries down the road.
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hairbutts some might eat weak plant roots or compost falling leafs and do just little damage to seedlings or weak plants like bulb mite for my exprience
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I'm no expert by any means, The ONLY time i've run into something like that is at a pizza place.. Looks like a Flour mite to me. however i'm no expert. I did exercise my google fu, and it tells me that Flour mites and Mould mites are related? unsure if i interpreted correctly.

Hope this helps

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flour_mite

It also occurs to me that the source of this pest might be unexpected.. visit any sketchy pizza places in the last month or so?

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As stated previously they were identified as Tyrophagus by an entomologist......Tyrophagus putrescentiae to be exact.

I have found numerous articles implicating them in greenhouse damage... which is consistent with what I'm seeing.

After this run is complete they will be GONE via CLO2, ozone and Pylon.
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