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Old July 14, 2017   #1
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are these spider mites? nothing there yesterday, now these little white fuzzy things with scrawny legs. almost look like little piece of cotton. lol---tom
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Old July 14, 2017   #2
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or do aphids leave a shell like that after they hatch? seen a couple of aphid eggs and aphids on one leaf.
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Those are the skins aphids shed as they grow.
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Yup, I posted a similar photo here and was told it was aphids.
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ok thanks, i can handle aphids, never had spider mites, and from reading up on them i don't want them!!!lol
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all spider mites I've seen are red. That's something else.
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all spider mites I've seen are red. That's something else.
A very common pest of tomato is the two-spotted spider mite, which can sometimes appear to have a vaguely reddish tint but usually looks like a translucent greenish cream color.
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Spider mites (at least red spider mites like we have in Texas) are much smaller than that...like 10% that size. They are difficult to see without magnification (to me anyway) but the signs of them are clear. Mottled leaf color quickly followed dried out leafs that wither and die. They do not like damp conditions. If you spray for them, you need to hit them at least 3 times in 15 days to wipe out the various generations. They are a ferocious pest in hot weather.
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I tried some Organicide 3 n 1 this morning on my watermelon that is covered in red mites. I've been spraying neem oil but it did not seem to be doing as much as I would like so tried the Organicide. I'll let everyone know how that works out.
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