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    Spider mites. Help!

    After moving my VFT from my windowsill to a greenhouse I noticed it had stopped growing, I thought it was just adjusting but then it started growing again but the developing traps are completely screwed.. Whilst taking some pictures I saw little spider mites all over it, can anyone tell me how to get rid of these ******** without harming my dionaea? Here's some pictures of the damage they're causing... Thanks for any help!




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    I'd go with something like Ortho Rose Pride or a similar product; and it has never harmed any of the flytraps with its use. Use it in the morning or at dusk, so as not to burn leaves . . .
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    Thanks for the reply, I'll look into it (:

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    Are the mites in the peat or actually crawling all over the leaves?

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    All over the leaves im afraid..

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    Avoid Imidicloprid based systemic insecticides. It can act as a hormone mimic with some species of mites and stimulate egg production. Organophosphates I believe are banned in the UK so you probably won't find an Acephate based insecticide. Pyrethrins and pyrethroids are recommended for spider mites. Also look for a miticide vs an insecticide.
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    Thanks for the info! I've got a pyrethrin based insecticide so i'll use that (:

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    Permethrin is the one of choice because it has a high persistence factor but if you repeat sprayings at the recommended intervals other pyrethins should do.

    Make sure to spray the undersides of the leaves too.
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