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good way to identify mites on your plant

by Lawndude84 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:20 am

I treat lawns and trees for a living and every time I find a tree or shrub with potential spider mite damage I use this method:

-Grab a sheet of white paper
-Rub the piece of paper under the plant
-Brush your hand over the area on the paper which you rubbed under the plant

If you see a reddish smear across the paper, then your plant has spider mites.


I'm not too sure how effective this could be with Flytraps but I've used this method for a long time, maybe it will help someone catch the problem before it gets any worse. :)
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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by kevinqwe » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:31 am

lol thats just from killing em huh?

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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by linton » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:44 am

It's a good idea, but getting the paper under the flytrap leaves can be difficult. I use a similar method - a blunt lead pencil dragged across the surface of the leaf will also produce a reddish smear if there are mites present.
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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by Aging_Bourbon » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:58 pm

so the "reddish" smear is blood? haha :lol:


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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by Matt » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:56 pm

I actually use a little Belomo Triplet 10x magnifier. Steve told me about it. With it you can see the little things crawling on your plant:
http://www.belomo.us/
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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by Lawndude84 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:36 pm

yeah the reddish smear is the mite itself lol

Nice Matt, I wonder if that magnifier would be useful for Alberta Spruces and other Conifers that suffer from Mites, I might look into that with my boss, thanks for the link Matt :)
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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by grant » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:43 pm

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nice. yeah, my dad grows orchids and he told me to do the same thing. I didnt actually try it, because I knew for sure that I had spider mites. but yeah, thanks for sharing :D

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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by kevinqwe » Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:03 am

linton wrote:It's a good idea, but getting the paper under the flytrap leaves can be difficult. I use a similar method - a blunt lead pencil dragged across the surface of the leaf will also produce a reddish smear if there are mites present.


he means under the pot

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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by Steve_D » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:43 am

Matt wrote:I actually use a little Belomo Triplet 10x magnifier. Steve told me about it. With it you can see the little things crawling on your plant:
http://www.belomo.us/



Yeah, those Belomo loupes are great. Here's another link for them.

http://www.amateurgeologist.com/belomo-10x-triplet-loupe-magnifier.html

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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by kevinqwe » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:06 am

i really dont wanna see those things!! i bet they are ugly!!
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Re: good way to identify mites on your plant

by luckyflytrap » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:55 pm

Steve_D wrote:
Matt wrote:I actually use a little Belomo Triplet 10x magnifier. Steve told me about it. With it you can see the little things crawling on your plant:
http://www.belomo.us/



Yeah, those Belomo loupes are great. Here's another link for them.

http://www.amateurgeologist.com/belomo-10x-triplet-loupe-magnifier.html

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wow thats cool, pretty expensive for me though, can i just use a regular magnifyng glass? PM me if you have an answer please
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