matt7
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Help, can somebody diagnose these insects

Hi all, I am new here, and this is my first post, I am not sure is this is the place to post it, if not I apologize.
I have 2 plants, a money tree and a tiger, next to each other, I keep having these small brownish insects for a while and I can't get rid of them, I took some photos, they are so tiny, so I hape someone can recognize them from the photos. they build a web like spyder, and the money tree keeps having those sticky dew drops on the leafs, can somebody tell me what to do ?
thanks for help
Matt :-)

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matt7,

The presence of webs made me think of spider mites but the dewy substance might indicate aphids. Despite your excellent photographs I cannot make a positive ID. Use Google to look for examples of these two possible culprits.

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I'm new here too and I hope you come back.

I believe you have an infestation of Tetranychus urticae. Please take a moment to search for images using the scientific name of your pest online to see if photos match to what you are seeing with your own eye.

Looks an awful lot like you have a mite infestation. Please don't try to use insecticides to control them because mites are an arachnid. In other words, spraying them with insecticides will have no effect on them.

This is just a suggestion because I really prefer to steer clear of chemicals when possible and when I have to use them I always attempt to go for the lesser of the evils first but would you have access to Safer's BioNeem product? I believe you might have success providing relief for your plants with that product which is considerably safer for you to use than other products and could very well work.

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Tetranychus urticae is a spider mite. Sorry for not being clearer. I just listed out specifically which one he/she is infested with in the event he/she wanted to go online to do his/her own research for control methods.
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Sorry to post again however I just found a thread discussing Neem that might be of interest to you-
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=925

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They look like spider mites to me. I've found that the best way to take care of mites, aphids or scale on houseplants is a solution of, one part normal dish detergent three parts water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and apply once a week until your insects are no more. This solution, unlike a lot of commercial insecticides, is very easy on your plants.

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Thank you all for help, appreciate it, whats the best way to get the neem oil? is there a good brand or they are all the same?

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I used to be able to purchase it at a local nursery but they stopped carrying it. When I asked why I couldn't find it, they indicated there wasn't enough interest in the product. I think you may have to go mail order.

Plug Safer's BioNeem into a search engine and see what comes up. Check the product prices and shipping. I've noticed some online garden centers have really great prices for their product but when you go to check out they zap you on the shipping. I suppose even if your shipping is high, the total price for the product would be less than getting in your car to drive to go buy it. Gas prices are soooo high out by me that mail order looks more and more attractive all the time.

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I just went online for you and found these links-
https://www.superhydro.com/keywords.php?cat=15&keyword=bioneem
https://www.plantitearth.com/store/product.asp?pid=153&catid=6

Hope that helps.



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