Sneaky Little Devils

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One benefit of some extra time on my hands is that I managed to catch a very strange mites infestation. You can see the freshly showered plants here.

I am not sure if you can distinguish it, but all these plants are in the ficus genus. What’s interesting is that they are scattered around a rather large room with other plants in between that are not affected.

Some of the unaffected plants are a large ficus elastica, one of those very trendy pilea peperomoides, and 4 snake plants.

What’s especially unusual is that the plant in the upper left–ficus ‘Audrey’–has been deliberately segregated all winter because it’s had mealy bugs. Some plants can’t win for trying. But it was way away from everything. How do these mites travel?

I have to conclude that it’s me. They must hitch a ride on my clothing or hands and travel from plant to plant. But at least I have the time to catch this sort of thing right now.

2 thoughts on “Sneaky Little Devils

  1. tonytomeo April 21, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    When I grew 40 cultivars of citrus, red mites were very selective with the species and even cultivars they infested. All 40 cultivars were all of the same genus (since Fortunella, which is kumquat, is now classified as Citrus). Mandarin oranges were their favorite.

  2. gardendaze April 21, 2020 / 6:04 pm

    Interesting–& encouraging. I have been living in a bit of mortal fear that I was either missing these little devils on the other plants or that they just hadn’t gotten there quite yet. Perhaps they won’t if they’re happy on the ficus–but I should keep my eyes on that rubber plant, I suppose.

    Karla

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