Spider Mites? Tiny white dots
I have a problem with white tiny pests that I always assumed were spider mites, but I don't see any webbing.
This attack started due to heavy rains, I thought spider mites liked drought. I notice the small plant like a voila or a primrose is not doing well, or looks sick. Upon closer inspection there are yellow leaves at the base of the plant and or twisted leaves. I look at the crown and see 1,000 of little white dots that are too small to have any features that I can notice like arm or legs, just dots, but they do move. I then have to discard the plant in most cases. If I let the plant stay it won't recover and only provides a breeding center for the pests. The dotes are smaller then grains of sand. If it is not spider mites what other pest could they be?
I did use Bayer Advanced Care treatment every two weeks starting in early January, but still I am finding new cases constantly. I had to discard almost every small annual type plant. I replaced with some new plants just recently.
I live in San Francisco, and there is no dormant season. Things grow all year, but the cold has not slowed down the infestation, it has only increased. I don't know if the spraying is helping. It's hard for the spray to reach the base of the plant, so maybe that is why all the infestation is at the bases?