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Old 09-13-2018, 05:58 AM #1
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Unhappy Ready to give up! (spider mites)

So my first problem was getting my old seed stock to germinate. Now i finally got some plants established an was checking them out last night in my tent. I picked one of the cups up and was examining the plant and i noticed a lil speck crawling in the soil, on a closer look they were in the soil and outside the pot. I thought it was just that single plant & tossed it, came back to look at the others and i noticed the same on all of them (complete infestation) !!



Going to throw all the plants out, and scrub the hell out of my tent with bleach and start over! Now they question is where did they come from? The soil was "Black Gold Natural & Organic" that's a good brand from what i gather. Could they of come from the bag of soil? I also started them in root riot plugs. My dad has a couple house plants in the house he's had for years, we have 2 cats but they're indoor cats, all my windows have screens. What caused this?

Now I'm being extra cautious! after i clean the tent should i throw out my bedroom carpet the tent sits on just in case?! Tell me if I'm going overboard here, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. What else can i do to prevent this happening in the future? I've grown before but NEVER had problems with spider mites.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:07 AM #2
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They probably weren’t spider mites on the soil, maybe springtails which are harmless. Spider mites are usually noticed on the leaves. Either way I would do some preventative sprays or dips every week in veg. If they are of any size I would dig them out of the trash. Ogbiowar foliar would be spray nummero uno.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:45 AM #3
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They probably weren’t spider mites on the soil, maybe springtails which are harmless. Spider mites are usually noticed on the leaves. Either way I would do some preventative sprays or dips every week in veg. If they are of any size I would dig them out of the trash. Ogbiowar foliar would be spray nummero uno.
Okay, that makes sense! Idk if i forgot to add that but the lil insects weren't on the leafs at all! Just on the surface of the soil & the cups containing them. I can't confirm if thats what they are because they're so small, barely visible to the human eye - i had to squint to see them. They looked kind of like ants i suppose, multiple legs, transparent in color but with a redish/tan tint to them.

Anybody else wanna chime in?
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:28 AM #4
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Google spider mites

There are all kinds of mites you're probably fine
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:12 AM #5
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Before throwing everything out do get an organic Pyrethrin pesticide and try to deal with it.

I imagine if you did throw everything out you would be spraying anyways.

Give it a shot at least.

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https://www.saferbrand.com/advice/ins...t-spider-mites
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:20 AM #6
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Sorry for all your problems mate. I feel for you. TBH growing in soil indoors is not my specialty. When I've tried it I've run into all the same sort of pest issues. Common sense tells me that if your environment is sterile the vermin must be coming from the medium. I wouldn't throw the plants out yet as suggested try to deal with the problem. It might not be too difficult if the plants are small. You could discard the medium and replant after the plants are pest free. Might be worth a try anyway.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:39 AM #7
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Way overreacted mang...100% not mites first guess fungus gnats , or like dude said springtails.... not terrible but do weaken ya plants defense so if mites/other pests/other issues do show the door is wide open n they settle is quicker... get some h202 n neem watch ur problem go away.... hopefully they are still in ya trash.... they will come back fine....
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Not spider mites. I deal with them on a regular basis. A living soil is an ecosystem for all kinds of tiny creepy crawlies.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:47 AM #9
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Might be this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoaspis_miles
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Yeah...

Red-tan, on the soil, crawling fast enough to freak you out..

Those are hypoaspis miles.

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