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Posted 8M ago by @sarledi

Polka dot pests?
I got back from some weekend travel and watered my polka dot plant, but noticed two leaves that look like they've been nibbled on a little. I disturbed the top soil a bit (now wet), and saw at least one tiny, tiny bug go crawling away under the soil - super hard to see. This is my first time dealing with house plant pests, so I'm not sure what I'm dealing with yet, and would love to ask for advice! In the meantime, I've relocated my plant to a different room, away from my other plants.

#PolkaDotPlant #PestControl #pestID
0ft to light, indirect
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 day ago
Can you describe the bug? Can you take a picture of it?

It might have been a one-time thing. (:
Would you happen to have one of these?
@MeganO Haha, I don't! No pets at home. Otherwise I would suspect :)
@sarahsalith I wish I had a picture of what I saw in the soil - it looked silver-ish (either that or it was just the light) and super tiny, and disappeared too quickly.

Here's one or two pictures of the underside of a couple other leaves - there are a couple of specks that look like they might be bugs, and are about the size of what I saw in the soil, I think.
@sarledi πŸ˜‚ all jokes aside, is it just the one leaf? We’re you able to see what the β€œtiny, tiny bug” looked like (like shape, color, etc.). That damage doesn’t look like any of the usual suspects (thrips, spider mites, or mealybugs). It’s good that you’re isolating it.

I recommend looking at the underside of all of your leaves as well as crevices.
Are you able to get a photo in focus of the damage on the underside?
@MeganO @sarahsalith Here's a couple of pictures of the undersides of the leaves with the damage - didn't see any bugs hanging out there, though

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