Okay, so I have a hibiscus. I believe it is tropical. I got it from a nursery near me. It bloomed prolifically over summer, spring, and fall, and before the frosts came I brought it inside.
It was doing fine until, two weeks ago, I noticed a few small black mite-size bugs on the plant. I sprayed with soapy water; they have not come back. Then I saw some beige and white dots/mites covering my very young buds; they did not die so easily when sprayed, but they did not spread and are still isolated to one area of the plant. (My hibiscus actually has three stems, maybe three plants?) Now, I noticed A LOT of tiny white mites ALL OVER my hibiscus, covering young growth, and leaves, but not mature flowers. Buds, though, are also covered. There are spider webs stretching between leaves, but no spiders, and I suspect spider mites.
Could you guys help me confirm my ID and treat this heavy infestation?
Blossom color: Light yellow
Blossom diameter: Maybe 5 inches
Leaves: Not particularly glossy
Mite color: White
Leaf health before mites: Good, a few leaves yellowing and dropping
Leaf health after mites: Speckling on leaves, speckles are brown or dark green with yellow rims, sometimes streaks instead of speckles. Increased number of yellowing and dropping leaves; some leaves just straight-out dry up and fall.