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by AymieGirl on September 04, 2002 11:40 AM
I live in an apartment and have potted herbs. They're all growing well, but there are small spiders and some sort of almost microscopic bug/mite all over the Thyme, Rosemary and Basil. How do I get them out? Anyone have any ideas? I'm new at this. Thanks!
by Plant Doctor on September 10, 2002 07:01 AM
It sounds like you have a little critter called a spider mite. Unfortunately since they are mites, not true insects, a lot of insecticides will not work. You will need to look for a miticide. They are easily found in most garden supply stores. Follow the directions on the label, and you may need to do a reapplication to control the eggs that have not hatched yet, a few weeks after the initial spraying.
You may also want to quarantine these infected plants to ensure that the mites don't infest anything else
Good Luck
Mike

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