I 'mite' have a problem (photo attached)
I've noticed over the following month and a half that we've had quite the abnormal amount of little red mites in our new yard and there seems to have been a major boom in numbers. To the point where you can see the ground moving. It is really disturbing.
Anyway, I can't tell what kind of mites these are, mainly because some are reddish while others are brownish and are everywhere, from my compost pile ( in the photo, I intentionally left the new scraps there to give an idea on what I'm dealing with, and that was only 10 minutes in. That grain, that's orzo, for size reference.) to the walkways. Are they soil mites, bird mites, a mix? I had two on me earlier that I tried to crush, but like tick nymphs that was near impossible.
I used an organicide in the yard (and now our yard smells like ocean death- my neighbors will love me) in hopes it would at least curb the numbers, but if I have to I do have non-organic pesticide. If it's ticks, I don't want them. I just don't want to kill the other bugs that -I personally- enjoy, like the spiders, earwigs, millipedes, and sowbugs. I know many people consider them pests with the rest, that's fine, but I'd like to keep mine. I know the organicide will take out some of them too, but I hope not to the degree of the other pesticide...which I also don't want to use because I like my honey bees to come around.
At any rate, suggestions on ID'ing these guys. I will try to get better pictures.
This post was edited by KrakenQueen on Wed, Feb 13, 13 at 14:30