Spray Brug or not? Keeping the balance between bad and good bugs

jardinerowaApril 19, 2011

Hello,

I have a brug that was great last year started from a cutting. This year it's not that great with holes in leaves (earwigs?) and now I see dust specks under some leaves which I know likely mean spider mites. Plus it makes sense that that's why the new leaves are not that big or green. But what I also see are orangish/red VERY little bugs under the leaves. These bugs have what I think is yellow on one side of them. Are they larvae of something?

I ask because before I spray the leaves AGAIN with something, I want to make sure that the orange speck bugs I see are not beneficials eating the mites, because if they are, I will just let them keep eating and nature will balance things out!

Thanks.

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cody_mi(z5 MI)

the reddish ones are spider mites. the yellow ones might be aphids. try spraying them with a strong jet of water several times a day for a couple of weeks. make sure to isolate the plant

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 10:58PM
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jardinerowa

That makes sense what you're saying although I've read that the mites are too small to see, that they are microscopic. The things I saw were small but I definitely saw them with the naked eye.

Z

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 11:24PM
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cody_mi(z5 MI)

mites aren't microscopic. they kinda look like ground pepper, only red.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 9:20AM
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jardinerowa

Thanks for the info, I think I will get some ladybugs and put them out.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 4:26PM
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