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Posted 1M ago by @stephonicle

Tiny spiders appeared on my Ghost Plant overnight! πŸ•ΈοΈπŸͺ΄

Hoping someone can help me ID these spiders that suddenly showed up on my ghost plant. At first I thought maybe spider mites...but aren't they too big to be spider mites? Sorry my pic doesn't show much detailβ€”they kept scurrying around so I couldn't get any decent close-up shots πŸ€“
#GhostPlant #PestControl #SucculentSquad #Help
5” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
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Those are actual spiders. I would keep them there for pest control personally. spider mites are so tiny you can barely see them. I can clearly see these are normal spiders and always welcome to live on plants hereπŸ˜‚
What I know is spiders can be a pest killer, but not sure if some of them are herbivores. Once I saw a small spider crawling around my indoor pothos and it jumped into a tiny beetle (maybe a pest) and ate it, he ate the beetle before I managed to crush it LOL thanks to the spider work. πŸ˜‚

As long as these spiders aren't disturbing my plants, I'll let them crawl around my plants to help me eliminating some pests. And I can see some spider webs around your plant.
Idk man. I would only be comfy with a couple of those at a time lol
@stephonicle those are spider mites, they're so big because they've been around a while. You need to quarantine that plant ASAP. Have you gotten a new plant recently? They could've hitched a ride in with it if so. But good news is since they are so big they'll be easy to remove by hand (I've used tweezers cause it's a SPIDER! πŸ₯΄) Then use whatever kind of insecticide you prefer or you can just keep checking on it making sure you got them all. Use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the webs also. And you'll need to check any other plants close to this one. They love a buffet and spread quickly. Hope this helps and Good Luck πŸ€πŸ’š
@Lifeis2short how do you tell the differences between spider mite and normal spider?
@SpiffyGonolobus I would look you videos to see what spider mites look like. From what I’ve heard there should several of them and lots of webbing.
The picture is not so clear but they look like regular baby spiders to me.
I would also look up different baby spiders and see if the coloring and shape matches, especially on the abdomen.
@Propa Thank you for confirming! Everything I read about spider mites described them as tiny specks barely visible to the naked eye. As long as they don't damage my plant I'm perfectly fine with letting them be 😊
Baby spiders. It looks like a spider laid eggs in your plant. They will keep all the other pests away. πŸ€—
@Propa @BabeVila thank you for the correction! @stephonicle thank you for the question! We both learned something thanks to you! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ«ΆπŸΌ
@YazzyBananas Thanks for the suggestions! From what I read about spider mites and also looking at photos, these guys really didn't seem to fit the description.
@Lifeis2short I only knew because I’m a weirdo who loves spiders! Lol. We have orb weavers who lay eggs in our patio umbrella every year and I get to watch them hatch and then they go pick out their new homes and eat all the mosquitoes that bother me! I name them lol. They die in the fall but they always leave egg sacs so we get more the next year. πŸ€“
@BabeVila Oh, I completely forgot! There's a noble false widow spider with an enormous web who set up shop in the window just a few feet above my ghost plant. I bet it's the mama of all those baby spiders πŸ˜†
@stephonicle ahhh that’s so cool!
@Lifeis2short spider mites are tiny if you look up Google. Normal spiders are mostly carnivorous, and they eat insects.
@YazzyBananas I actually thought those were normal spiders, but Marissa said it's spider mites, so I asked her how she differentiate spiders and spider mites.
Oh wow! 🀩 you are a proud mom now 😁😁 Spiders are not interested in succulents. I’d keep them :)
@stephonicle As you are aware these πŸ•·οΈare not spider mites. However you do have quite a few. Is this plant indoors or outdoors? Observe them closely to see if they are hanging around your plant & feeding on other pest. When I have house spiders or webs by my plants, I usually let them be.
@Lifeis2short i love how everyone in this community is all about helping each other learn and grow as plant parents, it’s just the best place to beπŸ’š
Please make sure they are paying rent on time! πŸ€ͺ otherwise they have to be evicted πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰
@BabeVila I absolutely can not stand spiders πŸ₯΄ you wanna hear me scream like a girl, get a spider close to me (as I shiver at the thought) @YazzyBananas I don't get close enough to differentiate. If a critter's name has the word "spider" in it, I'll take your word for it about what kind it is