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By FlytrapPalooza
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#383172
Okay so, to my horror I saw spider-mite crawl into my flytrap's pot. Granted the sand mixture I have going on makes it very wet, and has yet to resurface. I can't do anything about it until tomorrow which is when I plant to get a form of plant friendly insecticide. Is there any precautions I can take? Sorry for any typos in advance I'm sweaty and VERY panicky.
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By ChefDean
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#383173
If it's the beginning of a possible infestation, use Bioadvanced 3 in 1. Very safe for Flytraps, not bad for other carnivorous plants either.
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By FlytrapPalooza
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#383176
Don't think I have access to those but I'll look for something similar. I repotted the thing yesterday and no little nasties in the roots or anything, so I naturally feel really upset to have one crawl towards it the second I leave it to sunbathe. Ever heard of this Provanto brand? But thank you, at least I know it's not all doom and gloom!
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By evenwind
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#383177
Are you sure it was a spider mite? They're rarely seen moving, just sitting. The are similar-looking predator mites that move around a lot more.
By FlytrapPalooza
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#383178
It was an orange tiny little spider thing and had clear little legs. I did a quick google search and apparently it is? Not sure how reliable it was.
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By evenwind
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#383179
Try Googling "red predatory mites" and see if it's any closer to what you remember.
By FlytrapPalooza
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#383182
It looks unsettlingly similar to what I remember, even if it's a false alarm I'd rather be safe than sorry. I don't have any as I recently got back into gardening in general and apparently forgot garden pests were a thing.
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By evenwind
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#383183
I looked up "Provanto" brand and (while I might have missed it) didn't see anything about miticide. Generally, insecticide won't kill mites.
By FlytrapPalooza
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#383184
Wait nvm I found this other brand that does, Bug cleaner ultra gun. But I really appreciate your help, glad this forum exists Carnivorous plants are one of those misunderstood plants.
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By evenwind
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#383185
Happy to offer help.

One thing, and definitely not required, it would be helpful if you added some kind of location data to your profile - the normal assumption is that you're here in the US and any particular brands or sources we mention might not be available to you.
By Z_Y
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#383207
I actually didn't have too good of an experience with Bayer/Bioadvanced 3 in 1. It made my flytraps make all of these extremely curved traps for a while. Here's the post I made about it previously:
post368411.html

The Avid worked really well on the other hand, haven't seen a mite since. I only really use the Bioadvanced stuff on my cephs now, and even then it seems to do nothing for powdery mildew.
By Cryosis7
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#383227
Based on my recent (and current) experience with spider mites, that doesn't sound like mites.
I could not even tell that they were mites, they just looked like dots and I never saw them moving. The only way I noticed them was that traps were slowly dying. But that's just my experience, I'll upload a photoImage

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