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New owner, spider mites! 2 months 2 weeks ago #65569

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Hello, I recently got an indoor ficus bonsai and it has been doing ok for about a month now. However, just today I went to water it and it's completely covered in these little white spider mites! I water it every 2-3 days, and I haven't noticed them until now, although ever since I got it some leaves have been a little yellow and worn-looking, but now it's starting to wilt! I plan on wiping the leaves down with water and then using either a dish soap mixture or an organic pesticide spray. My issue though, is I live in an area where it's very cold in the winter, so I can't leave it outside until these mites are gone. Are they going to infest my house or anything? There's so many of them please help!

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New owner, spider mites! 2 months 2 weeks ago #65571

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They infest your plants, not your home.
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New owner, spider mites! 2 months 2 weeks ago #65577

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They might be easy to deal with, there are proper bug sprays, neem oil and even predatory mites, ladybugs you can use to deal with them...
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New owner, spider mites! 2 months 2 weeks ago #65589

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If your ficus is not too large, bring it into the shower and holding it as a slight angle, shower the plant with lukewarm (NEVER HOT and ideallu not fully cold) water.

Whatever route you choose: These animals lay eggs, so you need to repeat it ever week for a few weeks to really get rid of them

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