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    Predatory Running Mites

    These little red specks are running about a new wall at the front of the house. I've noticed them on a front windowsill ( external) for many years. Not to be confused with Red Spider Mite, the Running Mites are a biological control for that problem. Kind of cute in a spidery /mite sort of way.

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    Cool, can they do aphids too, because I've been having trouble with the this season and wouldn't mind a natural solution to them.
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    So you get different mites to control the pest mites? Interesting.

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    Organic growers of vegetables and herb use predatory mites , I have used some before but they are only effective in the correct temperature ( too cold and they do nothing), that's a good pic Fred those guys are tiny
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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Cool, can they do aphids too, because I've been having trouble with the this season and wouldn't mind a natural solution to them.
    Try Ladybirds/ Ladybugs Curtis. They can be bought too, although the plants will also enjoy them
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    Nice shot, Fred. Assume it's a member of Trombidiidae?

    They're actually very common, Nim. A lot folks wig out when they find them assuming they are red spidermite said (which really aren't very red to begin with) or some sort of blood feeder.

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    I "wigged" out the first time I saw them all over the bog several years ago until they were identified for me. I don't see them as much around the potted plants, but see lots in the bog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsEye View Post
    Nice shot, Fred. Assume it's a member of Trombidiidae?

    They're not Velvet Mites DE.

    The only scale I can offer on those photos is that the textured background is smooth mortar. The bumps are sand grains.
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