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By frankgrimes087
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Joined:  Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:20 pm
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I was watering my Polish Dracula when I happened to notice these marks on the side of one of the traps. To be honest I really do not think that it is spider mites because it just does not like the usual damage caused by spider mites and for the most part the flytrap seems healthy but at the same time I'm just not quite sure what to make of it. I put the pictures on my computer and zoomed in really close and I do not see any spider mites so could it possibly be some type of stress or trauma?

I circled the parts in the pictures that I am talking about.

As always any help is very much appreciated!
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By VFTnPups
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Joined:  Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:08 pm
#415229
Can you take a pic of the whole plant and also along and under the leaf blades? It looks like there could be mites on the leaf blade next to your first circled trap, but it could be my old eyes playing tricks on me. You should be able to see them in person up close. Tiny unmoving reddish/brownish/orange dots. They seem to like to hide under the petioles whenever I’ve had them.
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By frankgrimes087
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VFTnPups wrote: Sun Jun 26, 2022 1:42 pm Can you take a pic of the whole plant and also along and under the leaf blades? It looks like there could be mites on the leaf blade next to your first circled trap, but it could be my old eyes playing tricks on me. You should be able to see them in person up close. Tiny unmoving reddish/brownish/orange dots. They seem to like to hide under the petioles whenever I’ve had them.
I asked Matt about it and he really thought that it was mites because of the sort of browning damage that they do so I went ahead and did a treatment. I see what he is talking about, mine must just not be to far along yet. I really don't like to spray unless necessary but I do not want mites to get out of hand.
By VFTnPups
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frankgrimes087 wrote: Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:56 pm I asked Matt about it and he really thought that it was mites because of the sort of browning damage that they do so I went ahead and did a treatment. I see what he is talking about, mine must just not be to far along yet. I really don't like to spray unless necessary but I do not want mites to get out of hand.
Yeah, mites are the one thing I will reluctantly spray to treat. They can be so difficult to get rid of. Just remember to treat again in a few days to get rid of eggs and hatchlings. If they come back later in the year, use a different chemical than this time, so the mites don’t become resistant to treatment.
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By frankgrimes087
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VFTnPups wrote: Sun Jun 26, 2022 11:36 pm
frankgrimes087 wrote: Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:56 pm I asked Matt about it and he really thought that it was mites because of the sort of browning damage that they do so I went ahead and did a treatment. I see what he is talking about, mine must just not be to far along yet. I really don't like to spray unless necessary but I do not want mites to get out of hand.
Yeah, mites are the one thing I will reluctantly spray to treat. They can be so difficult to get rid of. Just remember to treat again in a few days to get rid of eggs and hatchlings. If they come back later in the year, use a different chemical than this time, so the mites don’t become resistant to treatment.
Most definitely and for sure! Thanks for the help it is much appreciated!
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